AGE: Will reach level (age) 60 in June.
OCCUPATION: Blessed to be the pastor of Central Baptist Church of Westerly.
RESIDENCE: Westerly and loving it.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Colchester, Conn.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Planning our Father’s Day Car Show here at Central Baptist Church of Westerly.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: With people
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Being a survivor. I overcame a number of hardships and trials early on in life. Today I feel blessed as I encourage others to claim the life God wants them to have.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being that person who was there for someone when they needed me.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: To be a published author.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: My cellphone.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: An comedic actor like Bob Hope or Jerry Lewis.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My pastor, the Rev. Dr. John Brooks.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: James Patterson and Max Lucado.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “The Plague Dogs,” by Richard Adams.
I AM LISTENING TO: Brad Paisley.
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: I go to the movies twice a month and just saw “Avengers: Infinity War.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “The Walking Dead.” (I love the interpersonal drama between the characters as they try to find their moral compass in a world that has no rules or outside authority.)
FAVORITE SONG: Lonestar’s “My Front Porch”
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Peanut butter cup ice cream.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Civility.
PET PEEVE: Rudeness.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: What you are is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Wilcox Park and the downtown. I walk through them every day.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Family and friends.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I grew up riding horses, motorcycles and living on a farm.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Be yourself! Don’t try to be someone you are not.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Give a little grace to the people you meet. You never know what demon they are fighting.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: I would find a way to make all our schools safe for our children.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Find a way to bless those people who have blessed me. That’s how I got the Mustang. Remind me to tell you that story one day. (See online video.)
I DRIVE A: Most days I drive a 2004 gray Toyota minivan.
I WISH I DROVE A: A candy apple red Mustang convertible… oh never mind.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: American cheese.
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: My natural mom, the late Gayle Lord, who died when I was 13.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro