Sociological Association for the state of Oklahoma. She also enjoys serving as Dean of the School of Ministry for the Southern Interstate Ministries Conference of the Church of God.
Her passions include spending time with her husband, reading, traveling, hanging out with close friends, and loving her family.
One passage of Scripture that has been foundational and inspirational to her hope in Christ is Jeremiah 18: 1-6, “This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2“Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. 5Then the word of the LORD came to me. 6He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand….”
Dr. Thomas and her husband, Curtis are the proud parents of one young adult son, Curtis II.
Currently, Rev Kyles is completing a Masters Degree in Curriculum Development from the University of Phoenix. And, is pursuing a D. Min. from the Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development.
Rev. Kyles is an Elder and member of the Mid Atlantic II Episcopal District where the Right Reverend Richard K. Thompson serves as bishop. She has worked in the National Headquarters of the A.M.E. Zion Church and served within her denomination in several capacities such as a Writer for the Department of Church School Literature, National Workshop Presenter, and Asst. to the National Director of Young Adults for the AME Zion Church. Currently, she serves as a District Director of Sunday School. She has worked in Administration & Christian Education in several local churches and currently serves as Discipleship Minister and Executive Assistant to the Pastor at Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church where the Rev. Dr. Lester Agyei McCorn serves as her pastor.
Rev. Kyles is a gifted visionary who is passionate about service, outreach, technology and leadership support. She loves people and enjoys using her talents in several ways to include designing. Rev. Kyles has been married to Sylvester Kyles, Jr. for 13 years and together they share 5 children and 2 grandchildren. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. And, she is always humbled to have an opportunity to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Kimberly Thomas
Rev. Dr. Kimberly Thomas and her husband, Curtis, are residents of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She loves serving God’s church and is an ordained minister of the Church of God (Anderson, IN). Her ministry journey has included serving her local congregation and the church-at-large by teaching women Bible studies, providing leadership training/coaching, serving as interim pastor, serving on state and national ministerial boards, presenting at conferences and workshops, and providing pastoral care.
Dr. Thomas has full professor status as an instructor of Specialized Ministries at Mid America Christian University. One of the highlights of her educational journey was to travel with a team from Mid America Christian University to Nanning, China to teach conversational English. Since 2009, she has served as Chair of the Adult School of Christian Ministries where she has oversight over two Ministry degree programs and two Certificate programs in Ministry. She holds a Master's degree in Psychology from Texas Southern University and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the Houston Graduate School of Theology. In 2015, she served as the President of the Oklahoma
Dr. Charles Myricks, Jr.
Pastor Bart although now serving as a full-time pastor since 2011, has worked bi-vocationally in the technology departments for Louisiana State University in Shreveport, George S. Olive CPA firm and Burlington Motor Carriers.
Pastor Bart serves as the vice lead coach for SHAPE, Sustaining Health and Pastoral Excellence for the Church of God in Louisiana. He is the lead stakeholder pastor for the Gardere Initiative in East Baton Rouge Parish and the greater Baton Rouge area. He is a member of the board for Connections Ministry in Baton Rouge, LA. He is the chairperson for the pastoral health team for the Church of God in the state of Louisiana. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Ministry Retreat Center of the Church of God in the state of Louisiana.
Pastor Bart’s most valued mandates for life and ministry are the following: Loving the Lord, loving and keeping personal family strong in the Lord; Loving people: the people of God and people who need to know God, and loving Kingdom work.
Dr. Kimberly Thomas
1st Lady Anita Parrett
Pastor Linda W. Sheppard
Pastor Joseph Eikerenkoetter Jr.
Pastor Joseph Pastor Joseph Eikerenkoetter, Jr. is a Christ-like believer that loves worshiping God and serving others. His love for God transcends every part of his life and is demonstrated in all that he does for kingdom building. His mission is humbly portrayed: To show a dying world the Living Savior! It is his assignment on this spiritual journey. He answered the call to pastor the Westminster Church of God in January 2012 and encourages his flock to have a daily intimate relationship with God by falling in Love with the Word of God!
Our family-friendly ministries are designed to meet people where they are and to love them unconditionally. This plight is not unfamiliar to Pastor Joe, as he is humbly called, for he testifies of his gratefulness to God for meeting him where he was in a small prison cell, away from life, but in a place where God could reach him and minister to him; unconditionally forgiving him, renewing him, restoring him, sanctifying him, and preparing him to serve. And his compassion for the lost and desire to teach holy living is represented in his humorous but serious belief: "Don't throw out the baby with the bath water." Pastor Joe will tell you and those who know him will testify that this time, he lives life On Purpose and with Purpose; God's purpose!
Rev. Tajuan Kyles
Rev. Handel Smith
Elaine is an active member of Faith Chapel where she serves in various ministries. She is a teacher of the Primary Sunday School Class (grades 1 thru 3); she is a member of the Faith Chapel Praise Team; she is a worker/ devotion leader of the Saturday Program for children(ages 3-12); she is one of the teachers for Children's Church ministry serving once a month in that ministry; she is a member of Women of Destiny where she serves as Secretary/Treasurer; she is the State Treasurer for the State CWC(Christian Women Connecting; formerly WCG); she is part of a cell group at Faith Chapel and she attends Bible Study on a regular basis. Elaine, along with Ruth Williams has been teaching a children's class at SIMC for the past 2 years.
Rev. Demetrius Moffett
KHOU-TV Channel 11 Host/Senior Producer, "Great Day Houston"
When you look at how Deborah Duncan grew up, it is no surprise that she ended up in the communication business. Raised in a military family, her early years were spent in Taiwan and Japan. As her family constantly moved around, young Deborah attended five different elementary schools. At each school, determined to learn everything about her “new friends,” Deborah honed her interviewing skills. She completed grade school in San Antonio where her father retired. Deborah then enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin and earned a degree in Radio-Television-Film.
After a couple of years in radio, Deborah made the switch to television as a reporter at the CBS station in Austin and then became an anchor at the ABC station. She later moved to Dallas, where she started a talk show called "Good Morning Texas" at WFAA-TV, the sister station of KHOU-TV. Deborah and her co-host were eventually asked to anchor the morning news.
inflected gospel music. With multiple recordings to their credit, Divine Hope was also the grand prize winner of the 700 Club/ Star Song records National New Artist Search. His 2004 collaboration with the Ohio Ballet led to the premier of a new Ballet featuring all new music composed by Chuck, and performed by Divine Hope. The Ballet was titled “Transformation! Chuck has written two musicals; “The Miracle of Love” a Christmas musical on the love story of Joseph and Mary and.” Paul: A Musical Journey” a new full length Opera, focusing on the life of the Apostle Paul. Currently, he is working on a new musical on the life of King David.
Answering a call of God on his life, he is full time ministerial service, currently serving as the Chief Operating and Development Officer of the National Association of the Church of God.
He is married to Sheri Myricks and they have three children Kathryn Elizabeth and Kristen Nichelle and Charles James III.
A deep believer in community involvement, He serves as Chairman of the Akron Gospel Festival, and, on the Board of Trustees of Anderson University (Anderson IN). He has served as: Chairman of Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, Chairman Advisory Council East Akron Salvation Army, Board of Directors Akron Urban League, Board of Directors for Open M (Akron Oh), Akron Rotary, and the Board of Directors of the United Gospel Industry Council.
Dr. Horace W. Sheppard Jr.
Min. Elaine Richardson
Pastor Laureate Ronald J. Fowler has served the Arlington Church of God for forty-one years. For three years, he served as Associate Pastor to his late father, the Reverend Robert L. Fowler. He has enjoyed the privilege of serving as Senior Pastor for 38 years.
Pastor Fowler has served on various community and church-related boards throughout his ministry. He served on the Akron Public Schools Board of Education for twelve years. He takes great pleasure in having served over twenty years on the Board of Trustees of Anderson University. He currently serves on the Pension Board of the Church of God.
Pastor Fowler is a graduate of Kent State University (B.S. in Education) and the Anderson University School of Theology (M. Divinity). He has been honored by numerous organizations: the Akron Community Foundation's coveted humanitarian award (The Polsky Award); the University of Akron's Honorary Alumni Award; Kent State University's Social Responsibility Award; and various awards from Anderson University including its Honorary Doctorate.
Dr. James Lewis
Together they have ministered the gospel of Jesus Christ locally as well as internationally to multitudes of people. The Sheppard’s served as pastoral leadership to congregations in Palo Alto, California, Kansas City, Missouri and the West Oak Lane Church of God in Philadelphia, Pa. Presently they serve Bethesda Christian Fellowship COG, also, located in the city of Philadelphia.
First Lady Linda’s natural talent together with her caring heart makes her an extraordinary model and mentor to many. Her spiritual gifting has enabled her to be used by God as a Preacher, Seminar Teacher, Conference Leader, Business Administrator and a “voice” of influence to many regardless of age or gender. Pastor Linda currently serves as the Pastor of Operation and Executive Administrator for the congregation of Bethesda Christian Fellowship COG.
1st Lady Linda has been married to Dr. Horace Sheppard Jr. for little over 39 years, and they are the parents of four adult children, Brian, Adrienne, Nathaniel and Joshua and the proud G-mom and Poppy of ten grandchildren.
Pastor Linda’s deepest conviction is to “live life” worthy of her callings in Christ Jesus.
“TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS, THAT WE MAY APPLY OUR HEARTS UNTO WISDOM” - PSALM 90:12
Handel has been married for 31 yeas to his wife, Victoria, who is an anointed preacher, vocalist, psalmist, teacher, directress, and bassist. They are blessed with three children. Handel has a passion to help people in organizations to discover their purpose and potential while navigating them towards their God given destiny. Type your paragraph here.
He is currently employed as Special Assistant to the Office of President at Kent State University. Pastor Fowler is married to Ella LeJoyce Sojourner Fowler. They have three children, five grandchildren and a great grandson.
Rev. Lisa Pearson
1st Lady Emma Wright
Dr. Bartholomew Riggins
Min. Jan Wilson
Dr. Ronald J. Fowler
Rev. Dr. Bartholomew M. Riggins is currently beginning his sixth year of ministry service as senior pastor of the Faith Chapel Church of God, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to his current pastoral role, he served as senior pastor of the Light of the World Community Church of God, Shreveport, La for nearly fourteen years.
“Pastor Bart”, as known to the Faith Chapel Church, and his wife First Lady Joy Foggs-Riggins celebrates over twenty years of marriage as they were married July 1994 and to their union they have two sons, Joshua and Titus.
Pastor Bart completed his Doctor of Ministry Studies (DMIN) degree in the spring of 2015 from Anderson University, School of Theology, Anderson, IN. He also has a Masters of Divinity from Anderson University, School of Theology, Anderson, IN and a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems and Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La.
In September of 2011, God called her into the pro-life ministry of serving mothers who face unplanned pregnancies. She began her journey at a local pregnancy resource center as a volunteer peer counselor and later became the Marketing/Development Director. After serving 8 months in that role, she stepped into the position of Executive Director. She has a heart and passion for helping women become whole – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She is a certified Life-Affirming Specialist (LAS) through Heartbeat International and has completed Leadership for Nonprofit Excellence training.
Lisa is one who truly believes in everyone using the gifts that God gives to each of us. She has served as a musician, minister, Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Teacher, Youth Leader, Women’s Retreat Chairperson, CWC Treasurer, and MEM (Marriage Enrichment Ministry) Facilitator. She has served as Music Coordinator for the Southern Interstate Ministries Conference for 10 plus years. It is a delight to serve God and to work in the gifts and ministries that God has given her.
Min. Elaine Richardson
Elaine Richardson is a member of Faith Chapel Church of God in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a native of Palmetto, Louisiana (the youngest child and daughter of Mary and Burley Fontenot). She grew up in the Church of God in Palmetto and upon marrying and moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she became a member of Faith Chapel Church of God under the leadership of Pastor J.D. Brown and has been a member there for the last 25 years. Elaine is a 1982 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a B.S. degree in Business with a major in Accounting. Elaine is married to Frank Richardson and they have 3 children, Jeremy, Jason, and Kandace Richardson who are all currently in college.
Elaine is employed with the Louisiana Department of Revenue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and works in the Criminal Investigation Division as a Revenue Auditor III. She has 25 years with the Louisiana Department of Revenue and has been in the Criminal Investigation Division for 21 of those 25 years.
Dr. Charles Myricks, Jr.
He is a graduate with special distinction in marketing and management from Anderson University (Anderson, IN). He also has received a Master’s degree in homiletics from Ashland Theological Seminary.
Professionally his business career has included positions in sales, marketing, and management at IBM and InterBold. He had the honor of being the first African American to occupy the office of Vice President and General Manager for one of the top five Christian music labels. He served for five years as the VP/GM of Word Gospel Records in Nashville, TN. Under his leadership, Word Gospel’s recordings garnered several Grammy, Dove and Stellar Awards. He was also instrumental in distributing the only multi-platinum gospel recording in the modern era of Gospel music.
As the founder of “Divine Hope” a gospel music ministry, he traveled extensively throughout the U.S, Europe and South Africa sharing a unique blend of original, contemporary, jazz
Pastor Joseph Eikerenkoetter
Dr. Ronald J. Fowler
Pastor Joe is thankful to God for his wife and best friend Ida of 40 years; she is his biggest supporter! He is a proud father of two children and two children-in-love: Lori & Wayne and Joe, III & Kim and he has been generously blessed with 14 grandchildren that keep him eternally busy and happy. Pastor Joe is also most proud to be serving at the church where his father Joseph Eikerenkoetter, Sr. once pastored for over twenty years and both his parents are faithful members. Although Pastor Joe attended Anderson University and has experience in corporate America, upon his renewal relationship with God and entry back into society, he answered a call in 2007 to start a business: All Covered Cleaning; a commercial cleaning company that contracts with various companies and organization in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. And although it is a for-hire organization, this business is indeed a ministry that reflects its own name in providing a holistic all covering employment - providing spiritual, emotional, and social support for employees and especially an open door for individuals who are ex-offenders.
In all that Pastor Joes does he is committed to loving the Word, living the Word, and teaching the Word of God.
Rev. Terry K. Anderson
Born on June 27, 1959 in Eunice, Louisiana; Terry Keith Anderson is the ninth child of the late Houston and Lena Anderson. Both parents were deeply committed to God and strongly influenced their children. He became involved in the work of the church at a very early age. Becoming a licensed and ordained minister in 1977, Rev. Anderson has touched the hearts of thousands through his unique method of preaching and teaching God’s word in multiple capacities. He has been the Chairman of the Orthodoxy Commission of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. International, inducted into the Religious Hall of Fame – Dallas, Texas, awarded the “Most Inspirational Theologian” Award of 2007 by the Theologian Awards,
Inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College, awarded the “Outstanding Leadership Award” Prairie View A&M University – Minister’s Conference, appointed to the Commission on Baptist Heritage and Identity - Baptist World Alliance and he has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Conference of National Black Churches.
Reverend Anderson was educated at Bishop College (Dallas, TX), Louisiana State University (Pineville, LA), Union Theological Seminary (New Orleans, LA) and Houston Baptist University (Houston, TX). He is currently serving as the fourth Pastor of Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He has also served in concurrent pastoral roles at Greater True Light Baptist Church; Eunice, LA and Zion Travelers Baptist Church; Mamou, LA..
The eldest child and only daughter born to the Rev. Henry Bruce Johnson & Rev. Marietta Allen Johnson. She’s a native Texan, raised in Mississippi who currently resides in Maryland after accepting a full-time ministry position at the Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church.
She accepted Christ at an early age and began serving in ministry under the leadership of her parents who pastored in the Church of God denomination. She was actively involved in ministry and used her gifts in several capacities. In November of 1994 her call to the preaching ministry was made official as she preached her initial sermon at the Central Church of God, Jackson, MS. In January 2000, she received Preacher’s License and began leading in ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion denomination.
Rev. Kyles holds a B.A. Degree (Juvenile Justice) from Jackson State University. She attended Hood Theological Seminary. She’s a graduate of a new church-based, pilot program, The Zion MADE (Ministry and Discipleship Equipping) Institute. She’s a certified Stephen Minister (50 hrs of training in Congregational Care). She’s completed leadership training seminars and continues to participate in conferences and workshops.
Dr. Lewis received his B.S. degree in Mathematics and his M.B.A. degree in Finance from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. After completing a Certificate of Professional Accountancy in 1975 from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, he passed the CPA exam and worked in Houston as a Certified Public Accountant [CPA] with a major international accounting firm. After becoming a Christian, James Lewis accepted a call to professional ministry, while working as a Corporate Internal Auditor. Following the Call, he and his family eventually moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where he did M.DIV studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Again following God’s Call, his desire to teach led him and his family to the state of North Carolina, where he began Ph.D. studies.
In 1994, Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. degree in Theology and Ethics from Duke University. His teaching career at Anderson University has spanned nearly twenty-one years. His academic and faith interests include but are not limited to the relationship of Christianity to culture, issues of biblical forgiveness and reconciliation, issues surrounding war and peace, and the moral and ethical implications of racism, ethnocentrism, etc. to our Christian witness. He loves to learn, teach, read, travel, and dance—all to the glory of God!
Currently, he serves as Dean, Professor of Theology and Ethics, and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the Anderson University School of Theology.
Dr. James Lewis serves as an associate minister of his local congregation, where he loves “welcoming the stranger” or guests into the worship of God—a house of prayer for all people. He has taught and preached throughout the United States. His greatest desire is to love God more perfectly, to live in the world more faithfully, and to equip and encourage God’s people more passionately. He loves sharing the good news of the gospel to a hurting world.
After three years, Deborah moved to New York City to co-host a talk show for Lifetime Television called "Our Home." Although she loved New York City, her heart was still in Texas. When ABC executives approached Deborah about doing a talk show for possible national syndication, they wanted her to do the show out of New York or Los Angeles. Eventually, they agreed that it could start in Houston. When she finished her contract with ABC, Deborah decided it was time to return to her roots in the business, and that was news.
In December 2002, Deborah joined KHOU-TV Channel 11 as an anchor on 11 News This Morning. After six years at the news desk, she returned to the talk show format as host of Great Day Houston. The show, produced locally by KHOU-TV, airs weekdays at 9:00 a.m. on Channel 11.
Deborah Duncan is the recipient of many local and national awards for television excellence, including four Emmy Awards, three AWRT Star Awards, two Gracie Allen Awards and a Telly Award, amongst other honors. Her achievements on the air, however, are transcended by her commitment and dedication to community service. Deborah is passionate about many causes and chairs numerous community events. In addition, she serves on the National Board of Directors for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and is a Board Member for the Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP).
Rev. Handel Smith
Handel is an ordained minister and serves as the Chief Domestic Officer for the Church of God Ministries in Anderson, Indiana. He oversees the CHOG Domestic Team in the U.S. and Canada by serving pastors and churches in areas of leadership development, credentialing, youth, and church multiplication. Handel also served 28 years as a Deputy Pastor of Strategic Planning at Celebration Church in Columbia, MD. In that position he was responsible for over 76 ministry teams, four Celebration Churches and the Celebrate Recovery. Churches who partner with Handel and his team are recognizing significant growth and maturity in their ministry.
He is also President and CEO of HVS Solutions, an organizational and information technology consulting company advising non-profits, business and governments world-wide. Handel holds the position of Maryland’s Senior State Director for the Celebrate Recovery Inside program. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Strayer University and is a 27 year retiree as an executive with Verizon.
Dr. Bartholomew Riggins
Rev. Lisa Pearson and her husband, Pastor Venoy Pearson, have been married for 25 years and reside in Rosenberg, TX. She is a licensed and ordained minister of the Church of God (Anderson, IN) and serves as Co-Pastor and Minister of Music at Rosenberg First Church of God. Rev. Pearson is a native of Bastrop, Louisiana and grew up worshipping at Pearl Street Church of God under the leadership of Rev. Sarah Finley and Rev. Jean Posey. This was the beginning of her many years of playing the piano. After getting married, she moved to Kendleton, TX (Bay Ridge Christian College) where her husband was a student. Together they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.
Rev. Pearson attended Northeast Louisiana University receiving a 2-yr degree in Office Administration. In her later years, she attended Bay Ridge Christian College and earned a B.S. in Christian Ministries from Mid-America Christian University in 2011.
Rev. Terry K. Anderson
Rev. Tajuan Kyles
Dr. Horace W. Sheppard Jr.
Rev. Dr. Horace W. Sheppard, Jr. is the senior pastor of Bethesda Christian Fellowship Church of God, (formerly West Oak Lane Church of God) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been in pastoral ministry for twenty eight years. His previous pastorates include serving churches in East Palo Alto, California and Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to his pastorates he also spent a year as an associate pastor and three years as a full time revivalist.
Pastor Sheppard has been used extensively as a revivalist, conference leader and convention speaker both nationally and abroad. He is a graduate of Mid America Nazarene University and is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Southern California School of Ministry. He has served on numerous ministry boards and committees and continues to serve the larger church as time and opportunity permit.
He and his wife, Linda have been married for thirty seven years and are the proud parents of three sons and one daughter and the delighted grandparents of eight grandchildren.
Min. Andre Parrett
Pastor Linda W. Sheppard
First Lady, Pastor Linda Marie Sheppard is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the early age of fifteen, she left Philadelphia to attend Saints Academy; a Christian private school affiliated with the Church of God in Christ located in Lexington, Mississippi. Graduating as a student with high honors she received a full scholarship to attended a University in Jefferson City, Missouri, with a major focus on Business Administration.
As a highly motivated person, entrepreneurship became a intense area of importance. In 2002 she became a certified Massage Therapist, and opened up her own business “Transforming Touch Message Center”. In 2006 she added to her entrepreneur résumé by becoming a Certified Travel Agent.
Pastor Linda is a licensed ordained minister. She accepted her personal call into the prophetic ministry under the pastorate of the late Bishop Dr. Horace W. Sheppard, Sr. She has had the privilege of serving alongside her husband and pastor, Reverend Dr. Horace W. Sheppard, Jr. for more than 37 years.
Planting Seeds, Cultivating Fruit, Multiplying Gifts
Rev. Lisa Pearson
Dr. James Lewis
Dr. James W. Lewis, a disciple of Jesus Christ, seeks to live out the demands of the gospel in the world —although imperfectly. Central to this lifestyle of Christian discipleship is Jesus’ call to be peacemakers in the world. Since his conversion to Christianity and participation in local congregations, he has observed much too frequently a disconnect between what we Christians say and what we do. His prayerful desire is to speak to this fundamental separation between confession and conduct in our lives with the courage, patience, and hope inspired by our God. Experiencing shalom--God’s wholeness in all relationships--is a pervasive and guiding theme of his life. Dr. Lewis promotes the idea that God’s truthful story of redemption has power to form our lives in more faithful, loving, and peaceful ways. He and his family worship at and are accountable to the Sherman Street Church of God, Anderson, Indiana. He finds the proclamation and teaching of the Word of God, like honey in the honey comb--sweet to the taste.
James Lewis, a native of Houston, Texas, is the second oldest of ten children born to Rev. John J. R. and Betty Joyce Lewis. He is married [for nearly 41 years] to Barbara Kaye and is the father of two beautiful daughters [Andrea and Kimberli] and the grandfather of two equally beautiful granddaughters [Ameris and Nya].