Before:
I was born in Eastland, Texas, on September 28, 1940, in the converted dining hall of Warner Memorial College, which was closed due to the Depression. I am next to the youngest of nine children. My mother was a wonderful Christian woman. My dad was not a Christian and could be very abusive to Mother and to us children. Mother’s love for my Dad and the Christ-like way she reacted to him regardless of his treatment of her made a big impression on me. I grew up in Olden, a very small town of probably 250 people, four miles east of Eastland. Until I was seven years old, we attended a Methodist church there. I remember that church mainly from the pastor telling funny jokes and going barefoot in the summer as he preached. When I was seven, we began attending the First Church of God in Eastland where my Grandfather and Grandmother Horn attended. My grandfather was one of the founding fathers of the church and was an example to me of a Godly, Christian man.

I grew up in Olden, a very small town of probably 250 people, four miles east of Eastland. Until I was seven years old, we attended a Methodist church there. I remember that church mainly from the pastor telling funny jokes and going barefoot in the summer as he preached. When I was seven, we began attending the First Church of God in Eastland where my Grandfather and Grandmother Horn attended. My grandfather was one of the founding fathers of the church and was an example to me of a Godly, Christian man.

How:
I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was nine years old. Our church was having a week long revival with a traveling evangelist, Rev. Conn. My brother J.T. and friends Gary and Jerry attended the services and we sat together each night. We each were convicted by what the evangelist preached and realized we needed to accept Christ as Savior, but we were each waiting for one of the other of us to go to the altar first. On the last night of the revival, we all went forward together and that is when I accepted Jesus into my heart.

After:
From that early age, it has always been my desire to serve the Lord, to do what is right and pleasing to Him. I met Laura in church and decided when I was in eighth grade that she was the one for me. I believe that God gave her to me to be my life’s companion. On March 18, we will be married fifty-five years. We have two children, Jeffrey and Elisa. Jeffrey lives in California and is disabled due to a severe head injury he suffered in an automobile accident. Elisa is a

Elisa is a sixth-grade science teacher at Wedgwood Sixth Grade. We have three grandchildren, Erin, Joshua, and Cody. I attended McMurry College in Abilene and Arlington State College in Arlington. For many years, I operated a landscape nursery and then went into the home construction business and retired from that in 2006. Laura and I have made it a priority to serve God and have been involved in God’s church all our married life. God has always provided for us and given us strength and courage to face the challenges and ups and downs of our lives. He has been good to us and is our hope and our help and our guide.

Proverbs 3:5, 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”