Family is really important to me, so let me introduce you to mine:
My wife Anita and I have been married for 37+ years. We have 2 sons, (with 2 amazing daughters-in-law, giving us 1 grandson and 3 granddaughters), a daughter (married to a great son-in-law), and a son who is a recent graduate with a culinary arts/food service management degree from Johnson & Wales University and is the Food Services Director for a Camp and Conference Center in VA. The picture above is the Adams family – all 13 of us – at our daughter’s wedding in 2014.
Anita and I are actively involved in ministry with Elevation Church in Charlotte, where we served at the Uptown Campus in various roles for over four years. Currently, we lead a small group at the Lake Norman campus, which opened in January 2014.
Prior to joining Auxano I served over 8 years as the Lead Church Consultant for JH Batten, a church design builder. My background also includes over 23 years as an associate/executive pastor for 3 churches in KY, GA, and NC with primary responsibilities in church facilities administration, communication and discipleship.
I’m passionate about helping church leaders thrive by turning challenges into opportunities.
A favorite quote by Albert Einstein states my philosophy well: “I have no talents. I am only passionately curious.”
Current areas of curiosity include guest experiences in the church, leadership development, the urban ministry context, multi-site opportunities, team dynamics, and serving in the culture around us.
My education background includes a B.S. in Accounting from Tennessee Tech University, a MRE in Church Administration and Communications from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and post-graduate work at Emory University in church business administration. My lifelong pursuit of knowledge continues with a voracious reading regimen, a cherished habit passed on by my dad at an early age.
I have been fortunate to have been a frequent speaker at national events including the Worship Facilities Expo, Church Solutions Expo, Creation Care Conference, EPA Sustainable Communities Conference, annual conferences of the NACDB, NACBA, NACFM, and various state Baptist Building Conferences. I have also contributed articles for Worship Facilities, Church Solutions, Church Worship & Technology, and the NACBA Ledger magazines.
I am an avid reader, especially in the areas of customer service, leadership development, today’s culture, military history, technological thrillers, science fiction, the food and restaurant industry and business biographies. I am typically reading 3-5 books in any given week. Another quote from one of my heroes, Thomas A. Edison, is appropriate here: “I don’t read books; I read the library.”
The title of this site comes from the generations of my immediate family: my father (who passed away in 2012), me, my oldest son, and his son – 4 generations, with 27 years between each of them. The influences of the GI, Boomer, GenX, and iGen generations are a constant presence in my life.
My hobby is being a Disney fanatic, which is typically expressed in many ways, especially in the history of Walt Disney and the empire that bears his name. The Disney fanaticism reached a highlight in September 2016 as I led the Adams Family Adventure to Walt Disney World. This excursion, for my immediate family of 15, was an awesome, week-long experience that created lifetime memories. Having spent 21 days on Disney property in 2016 alone, I continue to immerse myself in Disney culture by frequent perusal of select Disney-related websites, reading Disney-related books both old and new, and connecting with Disney Cast Members.