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I redirected my career path due to injuries from a CATASTROPHIC ACCIDENT that occurred on January 4, 2021. The change is not what I do as much as it is in how I do it. The profession of Senior Pastor is not feasible while in my current mental and physical condition. I am slow and deliberate physically, and my mind is quite foggy much of the time. There is no timetable as to when, if ever, things will return to normal with me. However, I am still pursuing God's call to ministry and am looking to Him for each "next step" I take.
It was a life-altering accident. Me and one of my sons were assisting a lady out of the burning car she’d wrecked when we were all three struck by an SUV. I received compound fractures in both lower legs, dislocated my right shoulder, fractured several ribs, my sternum, and my right scapula. I was scalped in an area the size of my palm that tore down into my forehead—I received several lesions all over and had a blood clot in one of my lungs. I was air-lifted to a trauma hospital where I remained for a month and underwent several surgeries. My son injured his left hand badly, requiring surgery. Sadly, the woman we stopped to help was DOA at the hospital.
The last few months have been a challenge both physically and mentally. From lying flat on my back to sitting, to standing, to walking short distances unaided, my recovery has been remarkable, but not as fast and thorough as I had hoped. I am still attending physical therapy three times a week where I am working on strengthening muscles, straightening my left leg, balance, and stamina. I’ve worked my ability up to 80% body weight (10-12) minutes on an Anti-Gravity Treadmill.
It seems, however, that each trip to a doctor reveals a little more information that is new to me—the latest being that I received a slight fracture on the left side of my skull. I was also diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury during that visit. As the fog from surgeries lifted, my short-term memory only improved slightly.
Through sheer determination, I returned to the pulpit of the church I pastored just a few weeks from the accident. But my physical and mental deficiencies interfered with my full duties as a Senior Pastor—leading me to submit my resignation in August 2021. This was a difficult decision spiritually, but with my mental and physical limitations—God gave me peace in the matter. But with two children enrolled in university, and a high schooler, the expenses keep coming.
As a remedy to keep true to my calling of a messenger of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to provide for my family, God led me to begin a ministry that suits my current abilities. With my wife as a partner, we created a 501c3 non-profit called Cross Chapel Ministries. I have fallen in love with the concept and am excited to see what God is already beginning to do in my life and the lives of others through this new normal. I look forward to revealing the many miracles, in the weeks and months ahead, that I have experienced throughout this journey.
With the help of volunteers and partners, our mission is to teach biblical truth through daily devotionals, studies, and life coaching; and to support various Christian missions by networking to facilitate the connection of needs with resources. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them”—Jesus Christ.
As a non-profit ministry, there is no doubt that we need to seek and find financial partners. My prayer is that you would become a Partner in Ministry through a recurring monthly financial gift.
May God’s richest blessings find and keep you!