New Sterling has been a part of this community for over 220 years but please do not let our age cause you to think we are old and stodgy. We are anything but! We are alive, vibrant, and active for our Lord.
New Sterling emphasizes the preaching and teaching of the Word of God and then encouraging that teaching to be lived out in the lives of the people. The ministries of the church belong to the people and God has gifted each one of us with the abilities necessary to accomplish what he desires for his church. There are no associate pastors or ministry directors but there are over 120 people involved in leading and conducting the activities of the church. I believe it is my call to prepare the people for works of service and then lead them to conduct that work in whatever area the Lord has called them.
We are a church that is Christ-oriented in all we do and we are excited about what our Lord has for us in our future. I have had the privilege of pastoring here since August 2001 (officially installed 1/2002) and in that time, I have seen some mighty things God has done and continues to do.
As for me, I graduated with a Masters Degree in Divinity in December 2001 from Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Charlotte, NC. In 2009, I graduated from Erskine Theological Seminary with a Doctorate of Ministry Degree. In March of 1999, I resigned from Duke Energy Corporation after more than 20 years experience in the utility industry to answer God's call into the ministry. While at Duke, I served as a human performance consultant, nuclear systems instructor, engineering technician and began my career as a maintenance technician.
My hobbies include reading, camping, spending time with Luke and Justin and sharing rides with my wife and friends on our Harley Davidson.
I have had the opportunity to serve in several capacities: Secretary of a Gideon Camp, Chairman of the Board of Deacons and as Congregational Chairman, Elder (Vice Moderator) and, along with my wife, Jr. High Youth Leaders. I presently sit on the Board of Trustees for Erskine College and Seminary.
My lovely wife, Judy, of 30 plus years and I are the parents of two daughters; Erin, (married to Greg Hudgins, May 2000 & grandsons Luke who arrived in Feb 2004 and Justin, Nov 2007) and Marli, 16 who the Lord called home to be with him in May of 2002.
We are excited about what God is doing here at New Sterling. Please come and see for yourself what the Lord may have in store for you.