A.J. and Pat were born and reared on farms in
Amelia County, Virginia. A.J. was saved during a revival meeting at Salem
Methodist Church in Amelia in the fall of 1954 when he was 12 years old.
Pat was saved during a revival meeting at Calvary Baptist Church in Amelia on
June 13, 1964 when she awas 17 years old. Pastor Gordon Morris was
A.J. was called to preach when he asked God, "How do you call a man to
preach?" God answered by saying, "You'll know because I'm going
to call you." After about 15 years of not telling anyone, he
surrendered to preach and to be a missionary during a missions conference at
Grace Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia on April 17, 1970 when he was 27
A.J. and Pat moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee in August 1970 where they attended
Tennessee Temple Bible School. They graduated with a Graduate of Theology
in May of 1974 and with a Bachelor of Bible in May of 1975. While they
were there, God gave them two children, Anthony and Angela. Then they
moved back to Blackstone, Virginia; and A.J. was ordained by Grace Baptist
Temple on November 14, 1975. They were accepted by Maranatha Baptist
Mission, Inc. as missionaries to Chile, South America and began doing
deputation work. Then they moved to Edinburg, Texas in June of 1976 to
study the Spanish language. They graduated from Rio Grande Spanish
Institute in December of 1977. Then they moved back to Blackstone to
A.J., Pat, Anthony and Angela moved to Chile in October of 1978. They
helped the Lewis Browning family start a church in Malloco their first
term. Then while they were home on furlough, God have them their third
child, Jonathan. Since they they have worked in a larger city, Rancagua.
There they have helped start three more churches, and God has called Chilean
pastors for all four of these churches. God has also raised up four
Christian radio stations. They have worked there for over 28 years.
A.J. and Pat are looking forward to returning to Chile in May of 2007.