Our Pastor has experienced both the joy of being raised in a Christian home and the pain of rebelling against the Lord. Born and raised in a Pastor’s family in Hartsville SC, Pastor Rocky had a life changing experience at an early age.
He says, “I’m not sure what was said on that Sunday morning, but I knew I was a lost sinner and that my only hope was Jesus Christ.” That day Jesus changed his life. He began to hunger for the Word of God, enjoy times of prayer, and he even began to share his faith but unfortunately as he got older, he gave in to temptation and turned from the Lord. He began a period he calls his “wilderness wandering” – a period of several years in which he knew God had something better but because of sinful choices he was living in the wilderness. He credits the prayers of his godly mother for helping to break the bondage of sin in his life.
“I didn’t know it at the time but as I was on my face at 2:00 in the morning begging God to forgive me and surrendering to whatever He wanted for my life, my mother was beside her bed praying for me.” It was shortly after this experience that Rocky surrendered to full time vocational ministry.
Rocky holds degrees from Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to his sweetheart, Sherrie, for 29 wonderful years. Rocky and Sherrie have four children: Jonathan and wife Christy; Mary Beth; Joshua and Matthew.
Rocky is an avid student of the Word of God and his greatest joy in ministry is proclaiming the truths of God’s Word and seeing God use his Word to transform lives. Apart from spending time with his wife and kids, he enjoys reading, exercising, riding motorcycles, and most sports. His life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.