I am a native Texan, born on October 4, 1957 in Port Arthur Texas to Jack and Sue Best. I have an older brother and a younger adopted sister. My dad was an electrician by trade at the Texaco oil refinery in Port Arthur. We lived in Nederland Texas where we attended school and went to church at First Assembly of God.
The church there was a major part of our lives and our connection with the youth organization there made it possible for me to participate in two short term mission trips, one to Jamaica and the other to Colombia. My siblings and I were also able to enjoy many youth camps where God deepened our roots and grew us in the faith. The music ministry at the church and my mom and brother, who are both musically inclined, all inspired me to pursue my love for music by learning to read music in order to play instruments and making it my major at Lamar University in Beaumont. I never completed my degree there but God still uses music of all types to minister to and speak to me today.
I left college and entered the real world of “work or go hungry”. In the winter of 1979 I ended up in Mesquite Texas managing a men’s clothing store. I found out a few months later that the Dallas Fire Dept. was hiring. I applied and was hired in May of 1981. It was a great career for me, never a dull moment and plenty of adrenaline along the way, all the while being able to help people who were in some sort of crisis. I retired from the DFD after more than 34 years of service with a family of friends like no other and memories of many life altering experiences while on the job. Not the least of which was meeting my beautiful bride of 20 years, Joni, who blessed me with three great children and an extended family who’s love and support has never stopped. We moved to Mineola in 1992 and raised our family there. We were part of the family of First Baptist Church in Mineola until 2007 when we decided to make CCF our church home. I was also on duty when Joni began her journey to heaven in May of 2009. She died on May 8th and all of the family had to learn to do life without one of its most important people. The Lord used our Life Group and other individuals at CCF to minister to me greatly after Joni’s death. By God’s grace we are still growing and learning from her passing and our remaining.
I came to understand what the Father meant in Gen. 2:8 when he said, “it is not good that the man should be alone”… It certainly wasn’t good for me! He allowed me to meet an east Texas beauty ironically named Joy. I needed joy in my life so He gave it to me with a capital J! Pastor David married us in Nov. of 2011 and God continues to grow us as a family in ways we could never have imagined ten years ago. Joy now has children that she was never able to have and we have a wife and mother that we all desperately needed. Through it all we have learned that God is incredibly good and we can trust Him especially in life’s darkest days.
Joy and I are excited about being a part of this unique family of believers and enjoy the prayer ministry on Sundays, hosting a life group at our home and now serving as an elder. We want to be a part of what God is doing in and through this amazing family. Please introduce yourselves to us if you don’t know us yet.
Books (other than the Bible)- currently Radical by David Platt, Dream by Kenny Luck, Death by Living by N. D. Wilson, Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Movies- Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, It’s a Wonderful Life
Time of day- the break of day
Place- anywhere mountainous and or quiet
Music-Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9, Rich Mullins, Jars of Clay, Crowder, Bethel Music
Activity/Hobby- hunting, motorcycle riding and almost anything outdoors
Motto/ saying- Nothing is as noble as sacrifice.