Pastor Curtis joined the PBC family in October of 2013. He holds a Masters in Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He and his wife Emily have three beautiful children, Eli, Ethan, and Cate.
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Tell us about you and your family?
I have been married to the love my life (Emily) for over 20 years. We have 3 wonderful children: Eli, Ethan, and Cate. The greatest joy of my life is being a follower of Christ, husband, and father.
What is your favorite book and why?
When I first became a follower of Christ my youth pastor put a book in my hand that God continues to use greatly in my life and in the lives of many other believers. That book is "My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers. Other than the Bible, this book has been a greatest tool of sanctification and encouragement in my spiritual journey for 20 years.
What is your favorite scripture passage and why?
My favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 10:31, "Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." This short yet profound verse is a constant reminder to treasure Christ and glorify Him in the "everyday" areas of my life.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
My most embarrassing moment took place several years ago while Emily and I were dating. We had to go into grocery story to get some things for her parents. While she was getting groceries I told her I had to go to the bathroom. I quickly picked up some "I Love You" balloons and went outside and tied the balloons to the vehicle she drove. Upon checking out we walked out to the parking when Emily remarked, "How sweet...some guy just left some balloons on this ladies vehicle." That guy was me; and apparently there were two nearly identical cars at the grocery store parking lot and I placed those balloons on the wrong vehicle! I was one embarrassed boyfriend. Thankfully, Emily still married me.
If you could have lunch with anyone in history who would it be with and why?
If I could have lunch with anyone I would sit down with Billy Graham. My reason would be a little different than most. Of course, Graham will go down in our Christian history as one of the greatest evangelist's who has ever lived but I have come to admire Graham in many other ways. The list is long of men who started well but did not finish strong. I admire Graham for the way he will finish the race. I admire Graham's love and devotion for his wife and children. His children speak of how he always made time for them no matter where he was preaching. I admire Graham's ethics in ministry. Billy Graham said in the beginning days of ministry that he would never meet with another women alone. His wise boundaries have kept him from falling like so many other have done.
What do you love most about PBC?
What I love most about PBC is its progress toward spiritual maturity and the willingness to become a church that reaches out here, there, and everywhere. As a church, we realize that we have far to go but by God's grace we striving toward the same goal of Exalting the Savior, Equipping Believers, and Engaging the World.