I WOULD LIKE TO BE YOUR PASTOR
I feel like I'm the luckiest pastor in the world. I am the pastor of one of the most diverse congregations in Charlotte, a beloved community which has heard from people all around the globe thanking us for our ministry and existence. We invite you to join us as we change the world to make it a better place for all human beings and all of creation.
My wife, Vicky and I host newcomers to Wedgewood at a supper in our home the third Friday of each month at 7 pm (6132 Gate Post Road). Email me to let me know you are planning to join us for supper and inform me of any dietary considerations.
When people turn their bodies/health over to doctors/surgeons they want to be assured the doctor has the experience and skills necessary to help them. In the same vein, before joining a church an individual wants to know the pastor will provide the care and instruction that is necessary. With that in mind, I offer my resume to people interested in visiting Wedgewood or becoming Wedgewoodians.
Minister, Wedgewood Church, Charlotte, NC, February 1989 - present.
Minister, Bethel Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, NC, 1983 - 1989
Doctor of Ministry, Columbia Theological Seminary, 1997 (4.0 out of 4.0)
Master of Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 1985. (4.0 out of 4.0)
Master of Divinity with Languages, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, ("A" average)
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980.
J. Lake Williams Christian Ethics Award. Presented by the faculty of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to a student who has exhibited exceptional skill and promise in the study of Christian Ethics, 1983.
American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Reached Member level.
Presbyterian Samaritan Counseling Center Training Program, Charlotte, NC, 1992-1994.
My Transgender Friends, New York Times, 2015
What God Hath Joined Together, Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, blog/newsletter, February, 2015
Homosexuality Is Not A Sin: The Christian Education of a Baptist Minister in Opposing Viewpoints: Homosexuality, Greenhaven Press, 2013
My Transgender Fantasy, Fuse, 2010
No Way To Clean It (the Bible) Up, Fuse, April 2010
Gay Marriage Not Defeated, The Center for Progressive Chrisitanity, 2009
Thank God We Have a godless Constitution, The Charlotte Observer, 2005
Just the Person for Church Leadership, The Charlotte Observer
Is It Possible for a Preacher to be too Popular?, The Charlotte Observer
July Fourth: A Dangerous Day for Christians, The Charlotte Observer
Beware of Christian Herods, The Charlotte Observer
Reflectons, Smyth & Helwys, 7 devotions, April 1997.
Show Compassion to People Who Have AIDS, Baptists Today, January 23, 1997
Reflections, Smyth & Hewlys, 7 devotions, December 1995
Reflections, Smyth & Helwys, 7 devotions, May 1994
Formations, Smyth & Helwys, 7 Sunday School lessons, April/May 1993
Formations, Smyth & Helwys, Sunday Schoo lesson, March 22, 1993
DOCTOR OF MINISTRY DISSERTATION
Reclaiming the Eucharist: The Church and the Ritual
MASTER OF THEOLOGY THESIS
Protestant Uses of the Bible in Contemporary Christian Ethics: A Methodolgical Study