“When did you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior?” This question posed by a girl back in 1975 really got my attention. I though what, you have to have a date and time??? Having grown up in Westminster, MD, I attended Ascension Episcopal church where I had been baptized and confirmed. I had some faith and belief, but God seemed far away to me. In the fall of 1969 I attended University of Maryland and seldom considered God except at Christmas and Easter. After three years of school, I didn’t know what I wanted to study, so I took time off from college for a year and started a four-piece band, Whistle Stop, with some musicians that I knew from high school and college. Later we added a keyboard player and a singer and changed the name to Daybreak. We played top 40 music six nights a week at various clubs in the Washington, DC area and played on the east coast and in the mid-west.
Since the age of twelve, I had loved playing drums, first in a Drum Corp, then later in a rock and roll band. During high school, I played some of the earliest music from Hendrix, Cream, and Led Zeppelin before it became popular. During my time off from college, I read an end time prophecy book, which started me on a search for God. I read philosophy and started reading the Bible from Genesis. Of course I became bogged down looking for relevance in the legalism of the Old Testament. After I returned to college, I supported myself playing with a three-piece band on weekends. I remember attending a Christian fellowship group on Campus when this girl asked me that question. “When did you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior?” I felt awkward and broke off the conversation. My Uncle had suggested that I read the book of John, so I took his advice. Within the first few chapters, my eyes were opened and I realized that Christianity was all about faith and belief in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In 1975 I got down on my knees in my bedroom and prayed and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. That was the beginning of my walk with God from which by his grace he has been merciful, faithful and true to keep me to this day and forever.
I have been happily married to my wife, Diana since 1978. We live in Westminster and have three children, Joshua, Holly and Stephanie. Diana has been our sound technician since 1994, and She and Josh also run sound for our church, Hilltop Assembly. I am currently employed as a program/engineering manager for a battery company north of Baltimore. Since the beginning of the Full Gospel Boogie Band, we have encouraged believers to rejoice and exalt Jesus in a joyful time of music and fun.
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