How did you first start coming to HCKB?
I was dating a member of HCKB over 5 years ago and she invited me to come to church with her. I was worshiping at Calvary Chapel and content to continue doing so. This woman is now my wife, Mersa Oca-Mixon, and HCKB has become my Church family. Funny, I remember the first time we had lunch at the “tent.” It was the day of the earthquake and electricity had gone out on the entire island. We had never officially met, but Pastor Ralph came to the table Mersa and I were sitting, he looked me square in the eye, shook my hand with a grip that would have made my daddy proud, and said “I just want to let you know we protect our flock here at HCKB!” Wow! What a welcoming (I kid, but its true).
What is one thing that you love about HCKB?
I love the easy and down to earth teachings I receive at the services by sincere, knowledgeable and dedicated pastors. Hope Chapel is committed to equipping the saints. The great location and majestic views are a bonus.
What do you love most about working for HCKB?
The People! What a great opportunity to share in so many ways with people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. Some of the priorities for staff are creating an atmosphere of love and acceptance.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
It used to be my mom and dad (they have now passed on), but it’s the Holy Spirit first. It took a while for me to understand and accept this, but what a blessing when God reveals yet another one of his mysteries. My wife and partner Mersa has indeed had a huge influence with my spiritual growth and has strengthened my walk since we first met and continues to do so even now.
What inspires you?
- Just doing the right thing in any situation
- When I see someone who is constantly encouraging someone else
- Having a positive influence on everyone I meet
- Seeing a need and answering that need immediately
- Challenges and giving my all to any task placed on my plate
- Wednesday’s Senior men’s study at Times Coffee Shop – The Men – The Word
Any Hidden Talents?
Use to be quite an athlete (60’s). In high school, I was also 1st chair trumpet
Life Long Goal:
Be accepted as I am
Little Known Fact About Me:
State Football Champs 1965 Bradwell Institute, Hinesville, Ga.
Book (other than the Bible):
“UN common” - Tony Dungy
Any Seafood – deep fried
Any Meat – preferably smoked
Collard greens with ham hocks
Drink @ Starbucks:
Pikes Travel pack
Georgia on my mind
Growing up having 2 older and 2 younger sisters – Yikes!
Traveling all over the globe as an Army brat during my Dad’s 25 years of service