Hometown: Sherman, TX
Education: Ph.D. from the School of Educational Ministries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary | Master of Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary | B.A. Religion, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
The Lord saved me and called me to work in the local church during my college years in community college and Baylor University. I have served in churches in Texas, New Mexico, Tennessee and Virginia working with the Educational and General Administration Ministries as well as Pastoral Ministries of the church. After working in these fields for 40+ years, I am more convinced more than ever that the world’s greatest need is Jesus. Although the work has been interesting and challenging, He is the only reason I have served the local church all these years.
Since being at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, I have been involved with many ministries including the Barnabas Ministry (a ministry of encouragement to shut-ins and hospital patients), the LLL (Lots of Living Left) Travel Club, Senior Adult Choir (formerly known as “Highest Praise” Choir), Senior Adult Bible Studies and Prayer Ministry. I am privileged to be a part of all these ministries and much more here at the Mount, but more importantly I cherish knowing the fine folks of Colonial Heights and the surrounding area and helping them grow in their relationship to Christ.
I am married to Lois LaGrone Brockelman (an English instructor at John Tyler Community College) and we have two children, Andrew III (Drew) and Emily. Both are grown. My son is married and has 5 children and currently serves in the United States Army. My daughter is employed by East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. We are proud of both of them and are so proud to be grandparents as well. We always look forward to our visits with them.
I have a keen interest in raising flowers, shrubs and trees as well as keeping a green lawn. Being outdoors working in the yard is therapeutic for me and although it can be hard work at times, it gives me great pleasure. Music and art are also a passion of mine and are often incorporated into our travels around the world. My wife and I love history as well and have really enjoyed getting to know our nation’s history through visiting many of the historical sites around the Richmond/DC area. So much of our nation’s history began right here in Virginia.
My Life Verse:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”