Ernie was saved at the age of 17 at Northside Baptist Church in Science Hill, KY. He has married to Kay Harper (church accompanist) for 62 years and is the father of two children: Vivian & Don; 3 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. Ernie was ordained as a deacon on July 1, 1970 at Northside Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Ernie has served many different churches in numerous capacities since his salvation, such as Sunday School Director, Treasurer, Song Leader, Junior Boys Teacher and VBS Director. He has been a member at First Millville Baptist Church since 2009.