I was born and raised in the Northwest Georgia town of Ringgold. My parents were Christians, and church was always a part of my life. I accepted Jesus as Savior when I was eight. I have stayed involved in church ministries most of my life.
I met my wife, Lois, while she was teaching in nearby Chattanooga, Tennessee. If I could have custom ordered a girl (from God) to be my life-long partner, she is exactly what I would have ordered. We both wanted to follow God’s will and had a desire for missionary service. We dated for about four years before marrying in 1979. During the time we were dating, she completed her master’s degree at Asbury Seminary, and I completed Moody Bible Institute’s pre-aviation curriculum.
After marriage, I attended Moody Aviation in Tennessee for maintenance training and my Private Pilot Certificate. We then moved back to the Chattanooga area where I worked in aircraft maintenance while earning my Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor ratings.
While living in Chattanooga, God blessed us with three daughters: Bethany, Angela and Sarah. We left Chattanooga in 1989 and spent two years in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, where I did maintenance as a short-term associate with Mission Aviation Fellowship . Our last child, Thomas, was born there shortly before our return to the United States. After coming back to the United States, I finished my B.S. degree and came to teach at LeTourneau in the fall of 1992.
I am involved with Boy Scout Troop 201, and enjoy hiking and camping with my son and the troop. I am involved with the ministries of our church and enjoy fishing in my free time.
Aviation Technical education Council convention, 2002
He is also currently a member of, or has previously been a member of the following LeTourneau University committees: Human Resource Committee, Admissions and Standards Committee, Student Judicial Review, and the Tenure Promotion and Leave Committee.
Professional Growth Activities
Inspection Authorization renewal training at Dallas Air Salvage, 2008
Service (Community Involvement)
First Baptist Church in Hallsville, member deacon, mission committee chairman, transportation committee member and the building task force member.
Assistant scoutmaster of BSA Troop 201.
Conducted an Aviation Merit Badge weekend for Boy Scout Troop, Spring 2007.
I came to LeTourneau University looking for a way to build the Kingdom of God through my technical knowledge and skills. I got into aviation through an interest in being a missionary and after spending two years on the mission field. I loved it. I planned on finishing my undergraduate degree and going back overseas as soon as I could get there. When God gave me the opportunity to teach at LeTourneau, I was hesitant because I enjoyed my time in Indonesia so much. Yet, my sense of God’s leadership caused me to take the opportunity to come here.
I believe I am still building the Kingdom of God through aviation. A certain part of me would still like to be “turning wrenches” in the jungle, but when I look where the guys and girls I trained have gone, I am amazed.
I know of former students in Indonesia, Afghanistan, PNG, China, Cambodia and various countries all over Africa. My heart will always be with missionaries. But, in addition to those who are missionaries, I have former students representing God in engineering departments, corporate board rooms, maintenance facilities and flight decks all over the world. Where else could I go or what else could I do that would have a greater impact on the Kingdom of God?
I love my students and I am proud of every one of them. Whether they become engineers, mechanics, airline pilots, corporate pilots or missionary pilots, I believe they are making a difference for God wherever they are.