Lonnie grew up in a Christian home in Indiana and trusted Christ as his Savior at the age of twelve. After graduating from high school Lonnie migrated to South Carolina to attend college and seminary. He earned an undergraduate degree in dramatic arts, master’s degrees in communication, education, and pastoral studies, and a doctorate in educational administration. Lonnie taught communication and theatre on the college level for thirty-five years before entering the pastorate at CBCHS on a full time basis in 2012. Throughout his years of collegiate ministry, Lonnie sought every opportunity to use his preaching gifts and Biblical training—preaching regularly in college chapel, preaching and teaching at his local church, serving as pulpit supply for area churches, and serving for two years as assistant pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Charlotte. In 2004 a small group of believers called Lonnie to help them plant Community Bible Church in the Holly Springs community of Spartanburg County, where Lonnie now serves full time as the pastor for preaching and teaching.
Lonnie and his wife, Margaret, have been blissfully married for thirty-five years. They have two married daughters and two beautiful granddaughters. They love living in the Holly Springs community.Lonnie’s hobbies include reading, golf, and running.