You have been in ministry for over 43 years. Tell us what motivates you to continue.

First of all, I am overwhelmed and grateful to the point of tears that God is not through using me. Second, while I have always been intense about serving Him, my intensity has increased over the years.  That is because one day I know I will stand before Him to give an account of my stewardship of the gifts, ability, and good health He has given me along with what He has taught me along the way. I want to do everything possible to further His kingdom for His glory. Because He has equipped me as an evangelist, that means I want to reach as many people as possible with the gospel and equip many others to do the same.

Why are you so passionate about evangelism?

Here are three reasons. First, people are more reachable now than ever before. I believe the Lord has given us an open door to reach people right now, and there is no guarantee that door will remain open. Second, God called me to be an evangelist. Therefore, I find great pleasure in exercising the gift He has given me to reach others for Him. Finally, Christ’s own words, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). I believe God has a burden for those who don’t know Him. When we share the gospel, we are mirroring God’s own passion and mission.

Do you have a “bucket list,” a list of things that you want to do but have never done? If so, what are the top 3 things on that list?

  1. Leaving a legacy of articles on my website ( This is my way to help equip upcoming generations for ministry outreach that will continue long after God calls me home.
  2. Position EvanTell to reach as many as possible in years to come. This includes expanding our outreach and training, as well as developing a strong financial foundation so that more can be reached. Expanded outreach requires expanded resources.
  3. Getting a bighorn sheep and a wolf. These would be excellent additions to our Wild Game Feast outreaches.

You have expressed your desire to be a “lifelong learner.” What lessons have you learned lately?

Leaders are learners. If you stop learning, you stop leading. Sometimes the things that you learn are things you’ve known but the older you get they are brought home to you in a fresh way. Recently they are:

1. God will persistently and consistently develop us in the areas where we are the weakest. Otherwise, we cannot be the Christ-like people He wants us to be. For example, when I first started in ministry, my goal was to devote as much time as possible to the ministry. Later on I realized the importance of being balanced in how I allocate my hours, leaving adequate time for family, friends, and rest.

2. The sovereignty of God properly understood should always be a comfort but wrongly used becomes an excuse. By this I mean that although God is in sovereign control of the world, He expects us to follow after Him doing the work of evangelism and ministry under His leadership and by His provision.

3. A huge temptation in life is to live for men’s approval. But ultimately the ONLY approval that matters is His. This particularly pertains to the area of speaking. I constantly ask myself, “Am I seeking the applause of people or of God?” Also, before every sermon, I confess my dependence on the Lord to speak through me and my desire to bring Him glory which is His alone.

You have been an evangelist since the early 70’s.  How have people changed over time?

God is no longer a household word, the Bible is no longer an often read book, and church is no longer a normal experience. (A good example: When I started in 1973, I asked every lost person I met, “Have you heard of John 3:16?” If I started the verse they could always finish it. Now, I no longer ask the question. They usually have no idea what I am referring to. ) In addition, churches no longer have a passion for the lost that they use to.

You have shared Christ with thousands, if not millions of people. Is there one particular encounter that stands out?

Not really, because there are sincerely more like 50. But one of those 50, is a man who came to an outreach in Pennsylvania as a convinced atheist, trusted Christ that night, grew like crazy in the Lord, and one year later went to be with Christ. EvanTell received a memorial gift from his wife thanking us for letting God use us to bring him to Christ as she looked forward to being reunited with Him in heaven.

If you could go back in time, what are 3 things you would tell yourself?

When I think back, there are three things I wish I would have understood even sooner that would have helped me. 

1)         You don’t have to know everything. Just surround yourself with the people who do. That is one thing a mentor told me that was so helpful and made me start reaching out for the assistance of others. I would have done that sooner if I had understood that principle earlier.

2)         A strength uncontrolled always becomes a weakness. That, too, would have helped me if I had learned it sooner. The ability to organize is one of my strengths. However, uncontrolled, it can lead to frustration with others who may not be as organized. I have come to realize that sometimes you have to give people grace and realize you are on their agenda, not yours.   

3)         What Proverbs 11:14 teaches about “in a multitude of counselors there is much wisdom.” I have profited so much from that principle, and wish I had understood it sooner. For example, I sought and received some wise advice  on how to turn the day to day operations of the ministry over to someone else to free me up to lead, speak, and write.

Do you have a life verse?

John 5:24 is my absolute favorite because this verse not only states the Lord gives eternal life to those who trust in Christ, it guarantees it.

How do you want to be remembered?

As a man of grace who loved sinners. I want to reflect the heart of my Savior.