Ted had the great privilege of growing up in Lakeland, FL as one of 7 children. While there he met Mary Lu Harrell, and in 1981 the two were married. In 1985 they moved to Augusta, GA, where Ted earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Augusta State University. They moved again after college, and Ted attained a Master of Divinity degree at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Ted and Mary Lu answered God’s call to come to Ocala in June of 1992, having been invited by Grace Presbyterian to help plant a new church; and thus, Good Shepherd was born.
Ted and Mary Lu have five children and four beautiful grandchildren.
An interesting fact about Ted: At the age of 9 months Ted began to walk, but at 14 months, he toddled into a phosphate pit and drowned. Thankfully he was revived by a neighbor, but doctors were certain he would suffer significant brain damage. While plagiarism can be a significant issue in the church today, we are happy that Ted borrows material from many, many people.