God has blessed me with my beautiful wife, Angela, and 6 wonderful children.
Candace Hope is 13 (upper right)
Deborah Joy is 12 (upper left)
Emerald Grace is 10 (far left)
Stephen Joshua is 7 (on dad's lap)
Gabriella Faith is 5 (far right)
Seth Josiah is 3 (on mom's lap)
I was born and raised in Central California, and had the privilege of growing up in a pastor's home from the age of 3. My dad pastors the Sequoia Baptist Church of Visalia, Ca, which is also our sending church. I was saved on April 23, 1978, led to Christ by my mother after a Sunday night service. After graduating from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in 1995, I worked as an assistant pastor at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Napa, Ca, which is also where I met and married Angela.
Angela was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. After moving to the Bay Area in California as a teenager, she was saved as a result of the bus ministry of Hopewell Baptist Church in Napa. She served in many ministries at Hopewell Baptist while waiting for Mr. Right to come along. Stephen and Angela were married on March 21, 1997, and have been living and serving the Lord in Cambodia since 2000.
Our three oldest girls are like the Three Amigos. They are close in age and spend lots of time together. They love to read (I mean...alot!), help mom in the kitchen, play outside, and practice the piano.
It was pretty neat to finally get a boy in the family back in 2006. Stephen is one awesome little kid. He loves to play with cars and trucks and more recently loves to sit for hours with pen and paper and practice writing his letters. He likes to write a whole page of letters and then ask, "Dad, does it say anything?"
A couple of years ago, we added another girl to the family. Gabriella Faith has got a lot of spunk. But then again...if you had these three as mothers, you would too. It's called self-preservation.
In 2009, God gave us another boy. Seth Josiah is pretty special. He's a very good baby. With 5 older siblings, he gets plenty of attention, and mom gets plenty of help.
Here are a couple more photos that I couldn't resist sharing.
Christmas, 2008. One of my favorite photos of all time.
The four older kids were in a Thanksgiving play with other missionary kids in November of 2009.
At the Phnom Penh airport in July, 2009, saying goodbye to grandpa and grandma after a visit. Seth missed being in this picture by about 3 weeks.
So, we'll let Seth have his own picture right here!