Expanded Background


Over 25 years of varied experience in church and community service. Effective pastoral and leadership experience in numerous settings including rural, urban and international environments, head of staff and associate positions, work with children to older adults. Leadership beyond the local church includes: camp leadership, director of communications for an annual conference, and teaching and workshop leadership. Superior skills in technology for teaching, community building and organizational administration.


• Serving several growing and revitalized congregations in North Carolina and Japan

• Serving as the first Director of Communications in The Mississippi Conference where the conference newspaper was revitalized, a web ministry was envisioned and implemented, and the collaboration of conference agencies, districts and local churches was improved.

• Completion of a Ph.D. that focused on clergy burnout and health and led to numerous publications and many opportunities to speak and lead workshops and seminars.


May 2010-present Director of Extension Education, Plus 50 Program at Southwestern Community College, Sylva, NC

Also, January 2012-present, Interim Pastor of Love’s Chapel and Webster UMC’s in Sylva, NC

December 2007-April 2010 Elder SAFE Project Coordinator, 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance, Inc., Waynesville, NC

2007 Staff Photographer, Mountaineer Publishing Company, Waynesville, NC

2001 to 2006 Pastor, Kobe Union Church, Kobe, Japan

1999 to 2001 Pastor, New Covenant United Methodist Church, Mt. Holly, NC

1997-1999 Director of Communications, Mississippi Conference, The United Methodist Church

1993-1997 Pastor, Mayodan United Methodist Church Mayodan, NC

1990-1993 Associate Pastor and Director of Christian Education, Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Lake Junaluska, NC

1987-1989 Instructor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

1988-1989 Private Consultant and Producer for Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Greenbelt, MD

1984-1985 Camp Director, Camp Loy White, Casar, NC

1981-1982 Pastor, Dozier Charge, The United Methodist Church, Dozier, AL


• Accomplished speaker and workshop leader on topics ranging from youth leadership, technology and ministry, to clergy burnout and health

• Taught in university settings in the USA, Japan and India over the past 20 years

• Led workshops, seminars and learning events for people of all ages across the Southeast USA and Asia for the past 15 years

• Published articles and photography in newspapers, magazines, and other media over the past 20 years

• Developed and published websites for numerous churches and organizations for the past 12 years


1995 Ph.D., Recreation, University of Maryland College Park, MD

Dissertation: The Interrelationships of Leisure Attitude, Leisure Satisfaction, Leisure Behavior, Intrinsic Motivation and Burnout Among Clergy

1986 M.Div., The Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC

1984 Certificate in Ethics and Public Policy, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

1982 B.A., Religion and Philosophy, Huntingdon College, Montgomery, AL

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