Surrendered to the call of the gospel ministry in 1972 at the age of 16 years old. In 1974, he was licensed to preach by Little Flock Baptist Church in Longview, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History. He was ordained in December of 1980 by Faith Baptist Church. After 1980, he served at Faith Baptist in Longview and then for a number of years at Grace Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, by teaching Sunday School and filling the pulpit whenever needed. In February of 1994, he was called by Faith Baptist to be their pastor and continues there to the present.