I was saved at 9 years old and raised in a Christian family. I’m the youngest of ten children. As soon as I graduated from high school I married my high school sweetheart, Judy. I spent four years in the Navy. During that time, I turned away from God and began to drink and party. My life was in a tailspin. As Judy and I were coming home from Maine, she told me that if I continued to do the things that I had been doing she could no longer put up with it. I was tired of the life I was living. I committed to make changes in my life. We moved to Sundown, TX and went to work for Mobil Pipeline Co. On the day we were moving in, some men came to visit us from First Baptist Church. We decided to go to the church and, after the service, the same men came back and helped us finish unloading the rest of our furniture. I made a fresh commitment to Jesus Christ. He began to mold me into a Christian man. That was in November of 1970. In 1973 I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. God blessed us with three wonderful children. My life has had many trials and situations but God has strengthened and directed me through them all. In 1975 we moved to Midland, TX. I became aware of Teen Challenge of the Permian Basin and started being a supporter. Then, in 1998, I became a board member. I retired from Exxon Mobil Pipeline in January 2004. As of August 2012, I have resigned my position on the board and accepted the Executive Director position. I am excited about the challenge and the opportunity of seeing men and women’s lives change.