I was born 3 years earlier on May 22, 1952, in Richmond, VA, and lived in Virginia until my graduation from Virginia Tech as an electrical engineer in 1974. Although raised in a Christian home by incredible parents who loved the Lord with all their hearts and taught us Godly values, my time at Va. Tech was transformational as God met me in such a personal way. He dealt with my life’s values, motivations, and purposes. During the summer between my junior and senior years, I met Becky, who had come to the US to attend college.
Becky had the wonderful privilege to grow up on the mission field helping her parents in all aspects of church planting. She has amazing stories from her childhood of the adventure and trials they faced as their family pioneered the planting of many churches and sometimes with persecution. She attended a private American school but when her parents moved to a different location, she finished her schooling at a New Tribes Mission school with one year being spent at their school near Manaus in the middle of the Amazon basin.
Becky then came to the US to begin college. She received an associate degree in Bible at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC, and then moved to Peoria, IL, to study nursing in preparation for her calling to be a missionary nurse. However, during her first year I asked her to marry me and, after getting her family’s blessing, she said “yes” and our lives have never been the same. That was 1976 and after having worked for DuPont for two years in Wilmington, DE, I was being transferred to Wilmington, NC for my next assignment. We were married on June 12, 1976 in Peoria and moved straight to North Carolina. Becky was accepted at the University of North Carolina and finished her nursing degree and became an RN.