I am thankful for the mercy and grace God has given me over my sixty-six-year journey on Earth! I am most thankful for the mercy and grace extended to me at my salvation! It was March of 1968 when two believers, who were by the providence of God white, came to my house and presented the gospel to me from the book of Romans. I was conscious of my sin. In fact, when they asked me about where would I spend eternity, my immediate answer was “If God is just, I would go to hell.” At my invitation, the men came into my living room and shared the gospel with me; how indeed I was deserving of nothing more than an eternity in hell, but God had sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die for my sins and be raised for the dead for my forgiveness. After hearing the gospel of grace, I repented of my sins and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. I have never been the same since! I am eternally thankful. God’s mercies extended far beyond my salvation.
He has given me a wonderful, faithful, and godly wife. He has blessed us with a family of six children, four daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and three grandchildren. Being raised in a dysfunctional family, I am thankful for the transforming grace of God in my life and the blessing of my family!
Family reminds me that people are the crown of His creation. Out of the billions of people on planet Earth, God has allowed me the honor to know and serve with a few. God has entrusted to me the incredible privilege of being a minister of the gospel for the last forty-five years! The last twenty-five years, I have served as the President of Crossroads Bible College. I am thankful for the people God has allowed me to serve with at Crossroads!
Crossroads Bible College has some incredible people who are committed to training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ. Given the increasing political, cultural, and racial tensions within our society, I am thankful for the privilege of serving with a diverse team! Our ethnically diverse faculty are compassionate and competent. Our faculty model character and are committed to a biblically-grounded worldview of all of life. It is encouraging to know that our students’ minds are being renewed according to divine wisdom within a higher education environment.
Crossroads faculty’s training extends beyond the classroom. Our faulty are published, e.g. write for academic journals, books, Bible translations, articles, and blogs. Faculty speak nationally and internationally to audiences from less than a hundred through thousands. Our staff are sought out for consultation and counseling. I am thankful to be working with leaders who provide high quality biblical higher education for our students.
CBC’s high quality biblical higher education is accessible through various venues. We have fifteen-week, eight-week, five-week, and online courses. Classes are offered during the day and at night. We have three locations in Indianapolis and another in Fort Wayne. For some of our programs, life experience may qualify for academic credit. I am thankful that logistics is not a barrier for students at CBC.
The cost of a CBC education is reasonable as well. Tuition and fees are less than $5,000 per semester. Courses can be audited for $395 or taken without the potential to be converted into credit hours for $150 per course. I am thankful for the vision Crossroads had from its inception to make a quality biblical higher education accessibile both financially and logistically!
Students are at the heart of why CBC exists. I am thankful for a diverse student body engaged in their community while experiencing the transforming power of truth. Our student body has a significant number of African-Americans, Whites and Asians! Our students are quite diverse in age as well. Many of our students are already actively engaged in the ministry they are being trained for!
CBC students have shared numerous stories with me about the compassion and knowledge of our faculty. They have shared how their lives, families, and ministries have been transformed through their CBC experience. As I reflect upon the life stories of CBC students and alumni, I am thankful for the impact of CBC through these Christian leaders.
The political, cultural, and racial tensions within our society could lead one to fear and despair. However, witnessing God’s hand shaping another generation of Christian leaders through a biblical diverse and highly qualified faculty and staff to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ gives me faith and hope.
God’s mercy and grace have provided me relationships for which I will be eternally thankful. Salvation brought me into a relationship with God Himself! Sharon, our children, and grandchildren are priceless relationships I enjoy. The CBC family is a precious relationship. I am a thankful man due to the relationships God has given me.