|Welcome to my web site! Thanks
for dropping in. I hope something you see or
hear on my web page will encourage you and
make you want to know and love the Savior
Here's my story...
I was born in Cumberland, Maryland. I started singing
when I was 18 months old. My
parents traveled from
church to church singing and took me with them. I could
sing third part harmony by the time I was four.
started writing songs at age 14, and began a public
ministry in the 1970s that continued into the early
'80s. I was influenced by such singer-songwriters as
Scott Wesley Brown, Bob Kauflin (formerly of Glad) and
Keith Green. I did concerts with artists D'Garmo and
Key, Steve Camp, Honeytree, Pam Mark Hall, and other
popular Christian groups of that era. I was chosen to
sing at Fishnet 84, a large "Woodstock-like" outdoor
Christian music festival. I had a fairly significant
following by then and had published several songs. My
music career seemed to be taking off. However,
self-righteousness and spiritual arrogance blindsided
me, and pride led me into sin. I had no accountability
and began a downward spiral spiritually away from the
Lord and into blatant rebellion. My whole world quickly
unraveled. My Mother received news that she had
lymphoma, and my Grandmother came down with Lou Gehrig's
disease. I'd like to say that when both these
foundational pillars in my life became terminally ill, I
saw my sin instantly, got back on track, everyone got
well, and we all lived happily ever after but that's not
the way my story ends. Like the prodigal, I wandered
around for years aimlessly sinning, doing my own thing.
I stopped going to church, laid down my guitar, and
1990, Mom had died and my
Grandmother was soon to die.
In desperation, I cried out to the Lord to save me and
pull me up out of this horrible pit I had fallen into. I
had forsaken the fountain of all delights and had been
trying to drink from cisterns that were empty and dry;
this life I was living could not satisfy my soul. Back
to my Church (Covenant Life Church) in Gaithersburg I
went. C.J. Mahaney had always had a profound influence
in my life and I was determined to position myself so
that God's truth would pour over my parched dry soul and
bring much needed change.
In 1989, I moved to Haymarket, Virginia, with a
couple of friends. As time went by, I believed the Lord
had forgiven me of my sin, but I felt embarrassed and
ruined by my unfaithfulness. I thought I would never
play or sing again, much less perform in a public
context. In the quiet of my room one day, I picked up my
guitar and out of grief over the loss of my
words to a new song I called "The Road Home." It was the
first song I had written in almost a decade, and the
first of many the Lord would so graciously give me
again. My brother plays piano, and he and I serve our
local church by playing music in our small group or for
other events we're asked to participate in.
My story is not one I'm not proud of, but it is one
of redemption, unfathomable love, and forgiveness. I am
a trophy of His mercy and of grace I don't deserve.
Because I had been born into a Christian home, I thought
I had somehow earned my salvation by being a "good"
person for many years. The Lord has opened my eyes to
the truth that nothing I "do" or "have done" enables me
to earn my salvation apart from faith and trust in His
sacrifice on the cross.
If you think you've sinned beyond Christ's ability to
forgive you or bring you back from wherever you've been,
you are wrong. No sin is bigger than the Cross and the
Savior's finished work there. His sacrifice can make the
vilest sinner clean (I oughta know). Nothing makes me
happier than to know I'm His child, and that I'm saved
from the wrath of God to come.
Visit my other pages if you're interested in hearing
some of my music, and meeting some of my heroes and
friends, or if you're interested in
photography. Thank you for dropping by...may God bless
All by His wondrous grace and for His glory,