Timothy learned at a an early age how fragile life is when, as a young boy, his mother and grandmother died within days of each other. In addition his father lost his job and through his father’s example he learned what it is to trust God in all situations and never give up.
After his second year of college, Timothy enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He was stationed in Washington D.C. as a part of the USMC Drum and Bugle Corps as a bugle and trumpet player. In this capacity he served as an Honor Guard musician for Presidents Nixon and Ford. He observed up close and personal how challenging politics and politicians can be, but more importantly how a good man or women in the midst of the unethical world of politics can make a dramatic difference. It was during this time that Timothy made two key decisions for his life: he would seek to live a life that honored God (Proverbs 3:5&6) and as God opened the doors he would do what he could to be a positive influence in society through ministry, politics, volunteer work or in any way God would lead.
After serving two years in the Marine Corps, Timothy returned to college where he met the love of his life, Darlene King, whom he married soon after. While in the Marine Corps, he had been exposed to military chaplaincy, and after completing his bachelor's degree, began a masters program at the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York. It was during this time that Timothy became a US Army Chaplain Candidate and upon completion of a masters degree, Timothy and Darlene moved to Tallahassee, Florida. In Tallahassee he served as a youth pastor and as a high school football coach.
Two years later, the U.S. Army called Timothy to active duty as a chaplain in the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, his first introduction to what would become his North Carolina home. He was deployed for the first time, participating in the rescue mission to Grenada. Three and a half years later Timothy left active service to return to life as a pastor. He continued his military service by joining the US Army Reserve.
Timothy was next called to serve as a youth pastor in Manitoba, Canada. Over the next 5 years he continued his service to God and country as an Army Reserve Chaplain in North Dakota. He returned to active service briefly during Operation Desert Storm and also completed the U.S. Army Chaplain’s General Staff Course where he was selected by his peers as the Honors Graduate. Shortly after Desert Storm, he was asked to take a Senior Pastor’s position in North Carolina. Timothy would serve there for the next 17 years in a church made up largely of families from Seymour Johnson Air Force base.
During that time, Timothy and Darlene served in a Christian and Missionary Alliance church in Goldsboro, NC. Timothy continued his military service with the Virginia Army National Guard, completed the USAF Air Command and Staff course and was promoted to Division Chaplain, 29th Infantry Division (light). He was once again deployed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and returned home to a promotion to Colonel and State Chaplain of the Virginia National Guard. During this same time,Timothy completed a Doctorate of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in expository preaching.
In 2007 the U.S. Army mobilized Timothy again, this time back to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, his first duty station as a chaplain. Having seen the need for pastors to take care of families with soldiers deployed overseas, the U.S. Army mobilized Reserve and National Guard chaplains who were often also church ministers as well. At Fort Bragg he coordinated a variety of programs and resources that served over 50,000 people in support of deployed family members. His many awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star (NG) and four Meritorious Service Medals.
In 2011, shortly before retiring from the military, Timothy began teaching at Grace College of Divinity. In addition to teaching undergraduate students, Timothy helped develop a Masters of Leadership program. He has taught both in a traditional live classroom and virtually. He continues to serve on boards for Military Heart and Women In Love With The Lord, ministries focused on outreach to soldiers and families at Ft. Bragg. He has worked with 8 Days of Hope of the American Family Association. Their work is in disaster areas to provide aid and comfort, usually in the form of "mudding out" or repairing homes. Most recently, Timothy served in Houston, TX and Baton Rouge, LA where an estimated 100,000 homes were affected by flooding.
Now married to Darlene for over 40 years, together they have served in church and military ministry from Canada to Florida, Chile to Cambodia and more. They have two adult daughters and Darlene is a 4th grade teacher at Fayetteville Christian School, where Timothy volunteered as a football coach in 2017.
Timothy is now running for election in Fayetteville, Raeford, and Spring Lake which make up the 21st district of the North Carolina Senate.