I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, into a loving, patriotic, principled, and hard-working, family. My mother loved reading and collected many wonderful books, several sets of encyclopedias, a few Bibles, and some classical art books including one on the Life of Christ which I examined many times. So, seeds were sown.
Throughout my school years, I seemed to prefer talking in class and drawing pictures over lessons. I always loved doing the special projects that required posters with artwork. Once, intently drawing instead of paying attention, my 5th grade teacher yanked a picture off of my desk asking, “What are you going to do? Draw pictures for the rest of your life?!” If she only knew!
During the summer of my 12th year, I attended a Baptist camp on the Frio River, where I first heard the Gospel and prayed to receive Jesus into my heart and life. I was born again, but after returning home and no follow-up, I soon forgot what happened, and went on with my young life. By age 14, I was using tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs, listening to heavy metal, and fully buying into the long-haired, counter-culture of the mid-1970s. By 17, I was engrossed in studying myriad forms of alternative spirituality, eastern religions, New Age thought, Bahaiism, and a plethora of drug-related philosophies. I believed I was on a spiritual path. Somehow I knew I was searching … for something.
In December of 1978, I quit college and moved out to West Texas to live and work at Big Bend National Park—a vast desert wilderness with overwhelming scale and beauty—but even out there, I had no enduring peace. Deep down, I knew, I was empty and miserable.
In February of 1980, I learned that Christians, also working in the park, fully aware of my lost condition, were routinely praying for me—for my salvation—that God would deliver me from my sinful life. At that time, the Lord powerfully revealed Himself—that He was indeed the One I had been seeking my whole life! Through a series of miraculous events, I was instantly delivered from an oppressive 7-year drug habit by the grace of God! I then fully embraced faith in Jesus Christ, and have never used illegal drugs since that day.
Soon, those same Christians invited me to their weekly Bible study fellowship—something I had never done before. I accepted. On that first night, they heard my testimony and welcomed me into their fellowship. Their unconditional love verified the Gospel, and filled the void in my heart. I attended that weekly Bible study for the next two years, devouring the lessons and rejoicing in my new life. Soon, my previously unread KJV Bible was dog-eared, underlined, and highlighted like no other—I still have that precious relic! Later, I was baptized in the Rio Grande River while my new friends watched from the shore.
About this time, the Holy Spirit led Pastor John Bullock, and his bride Sally, into my life and they introduced me to an awareness of biblical Israel and Bible prophecy. As a new believer with fresh eyes, I was blown away by the story of God’s ancient people and I became very interested in the land, history, and prophetic future for Israel, so I decided to go see for myself! In 1981, I spent 57 days exploring and studying—more than a month in Jerusalem—with no tour guides, and no time restrictions. That trip completely changed my life!
In 1982, I was married to Stephanie, and we eventually moved to Atlanta in 1985. Soon our son Asher Michael was born. We remained in metro-Atlanta until 2008. During that time, I worked in hospitality, attended church, raised a family, and eventually returned to school. After obtaining my graphic design degree, new opportunities arose for doing the sort of creative work I am doing now. I have continued my study of biblical geography, archaeology, and middle eastern history, and I feel a calling to merge this growing biblical knowledge with excellent, visual design, thus encouraging believers, challenging skeptics, and validating the truth of prophecy and the Bible. I am very excited to be working with the Prophecy Watchers ministry, and I very much look forward to what the Lord will do in the days to come!
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.” – Zechariah 8:23 (KJV)