Pastor Tim grew up in East Tennessee where his father worked for the Army. The church where he spent his formative years was Wallace Memorial Baptist, named for the missionary to China, Bill Wallace. Pastor Tim attended Carson Newman College and Southwestern Seminary. He served part time in music, youth and children's work while in college and seminary. His first full time position was Minister of Youth and Education at a Ft. Lauderdale church (1988-1992). He then served as senior pastor of Miami Shores Baptist Church in Miami, Florida from 1992-2001. Miami Shores was an international church with many of the challenges of urban ministry. In 2001 Pastor Tim moved to Grace Baptist Church. His wife Patti is from the Atlanta area and they have three children.