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Dated: September 2, 2015Alison is from the Philadelphia, PA area and I have lived in or near Statesville, NC for most of my life. The Lord saved me at the age of eight through the golden words of John 3:16. Alison received Christ as a teenager shortly after the sudden death of her father. During my university days, I used the summers to travel and help other full-time gospel preachers with their work. During this time of invaluable experience, the Lord made it clear to me through scriptures and experiences that this is what He was calling me to do full-time. In 1994, I purchased a gospel tent and began having tent series in nearby cities. The Lord gave encouragement immediately with blessing in salvation. I was still working in secular employment, but was able to preach as the Lord gave opportunity. Alison and I were married in 1999 and commended from the Hickory Gospel Hall in Hickory, NC to the Lords work in 2001. Right away, we began working and preaching locally in Denver, NC. We began renting a storefront for weekly meetings. After seeing some blessing and having the support of the Hickory assembly, the Denver assembly was recognized and we began meeting in September 2007. In March 2009, we met some Amish people at a Bible conference in Matoaca, VA. They asked us if we would come and visit them in Pearisburg, VA (which is 2.5 hours north of our location in NC). A few of them had already been saved, but they were struggling with the idea of leaving the Amish church and lifestyle. We began visiting them every week, having Bible studies in their homes. Within a very short period of time, many of them were converted to Christ and wanted to be baptized. They were consequently shunned from their community but have been an incredible testimony of Gods grace. They had a deep desire to gather to the Lords name in Denver, NC and made the 2.5 hour drive (after learning HOW to drive) to the assembly every week for 2 and a half years. During this time, they learned invaluable lessons about New Testament and assembly truth. In October 2011, they began breaking bread and meeting as an assembly in the Crandon Gospel Hall, just outside of Pearisburg, VA. We are humbled that God would allow us to witness His work and be used in His service. Alison and I have 5 children. Our oldest, Katie, is 14 and we see in her a heart for the gospel. Micah, our only son, is 12 and also professes faith in Christ. Kimberly (8), Jenna (4) and Avery (2) are a great source of joy and blessing in our lives.

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