--licensed to the Gospel Ministry (Jan/84),
--commissioned to missionary service by my local Baptist church (May/86),
--Masters of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (May/86),
--appointed by the Foreign Mission Board (now IMB-SBC) as a missionary (Dec/86),
--ordained to the Gospel Ministry (Sept/94),
--of the nation of the United States of America,
--of the tribe of Muse,being the son of legendary Baptist missionary parents.
--a Texan of Texas (the Mecca of American Christianity);
--as to religion, a Baptist: signer of the BF&M 1963 and 2000
--as to zeal, a missionary; Team Strategy Leader for the Coast and Lowlands of Ecuador
But whatever things were supposedly gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of [many] things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ, and may be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from [my background and upbringing, titles, etc.] but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.
--a personal paraphrase of Philippians 3.