Grounds Maintenance –
I was born and raised in Somerset, Texas, and was a proud “Bulldog.” When I was 15 my family and I moved to Kodiak, Alaska. After two years in Alaska, we moved to Jacksonville, TX. While living there, I joined the Army, where I was a military policeman in San Francisco and Vietnam. After the army, I moved to Houston, TX, and began working in the electric signs and billboards industry.
In 1997, I met my wife Serena and we were married in 1998. In 2000, I started my own sign business, where I was a crane owner and operator. We then moved to Harlingen, TX in Nov, 2000. We began fostering in 2002 and after fostering 39 children, we adopted our two oldest children, Nicholas and Justina. In 2006, I accepted a new job and moved to Corpus Christi, taking our two adopted kids and one foster (Brandon, whom we later adopted) with us. We were happy with our little family, and we continued to foster until we received a call from San Antonio. The had a little deaf boy that needed a family. (My wife is fluent in ASL). We discussed it and agreed.
That evening we received another call, that little deaf boy had two sisters, and they really wanted to keep them together. Whoa. Do the math. That would be 6 kids! We agreed and Fabian, Leah and Andrea became a permanent part of our family and ended our fostering days. In 2010, my wife and children moved to Round Rock, TX so our son could attend the Texas School for the Deaf. I would commute back and forth until my retirement in 2012. We moved to Lindale in December, 2012, and then to Van in 2013. We then adopted Janess in November of 2014, to bring our family to a happy 7! And here we plan to remain until all our children graduate High School.
I have always been a “believer,” but it wasn’t until Father’s Day, 2008, that I gave my heart to the Lord, while sitting in the Wal-Mart parking lot. I have served on the Praise and Worship team, sign ministry and served as a Deacon before moving to East Texas. Once here, our family was looking for a church and CCF was the first church we visited. We knew after our first visit that we had found our home. My wife works in children’s church and I am honored to be on the staff now as grounds keeper. I am also the bus coordinator, and I am looking forward to getting to know my church family better as we all strive to be the best that we can be.
Movie: Cool Hand Luke
Time of Day: Afternoon
Place in the World: East Texas
Scripture: John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him, should not perish but have eternal life.
Saying/Motto: Be sure you’re right, then go ahead. Davey Crockett.
Activity/Hobby: Riding my motorcycle, fishing, playing guitar, watching my Cowboys win (yes, they do win sometimes)