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Those Were the Days, My Friend
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My post-WWII “Baby Boomer” generation came of age during the tumultuous decade of the 1960s. We endured the assassinations of president John F. Kennedy, civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., and then presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. We witnessed the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the Apollo landing on the moon, and Watergate, with its eventual first-ever resignation of a sitting president of the United States by Richard M. Nixon. For a survey of this period with astute social and political insight, you might check out Tom Brokaw’s Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the ‘60s and Today, New York: Random House, 2007.

A 1969 graduate of Slidell High School, I went to college at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. A part-time job working with a private painting contractor helped put me through college and left me with an enduring appreciation for fine woods, refinishing, and antiques. I responded to the call to full-time ministry at the beginning of my senior year at Southern, graduating that May with a double major in math and physics. During early seminary days at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, I pastored Bayou Baptist Church, a small congregation in west Slidell.

After seminary, I worked seven years in
Alabama Baptist Campus Ministry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. I loved working with college students, but my call was teaching. Thus, when opportunity arose, I returned to the seminary (NOBTS) to teach from 1988–2022. During this time back at my alma mater, I also served in numerous interim pastorates, conferences, retreats, and revivals. I have diverse interests, so dabble in music, recording, photography, aquariums, zoos, computer technology, movies, woodworking, refinishing, and antiques.