Sitting in my Study, with a hot cup of coffee, my Bible, and some devotional reading, talking to the leader of my life, Jesus Christ, is how I prefer to begin the day. After a brief student pastorate in college, I invested my life in pastoral ministry in four churches over 42 years, most recently with First Baptist Church in Savoy, IL (Champaign-Urbana). Three schools shaped my life for ministry: Judson University in Elgin, IL (BA); Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN (MDiv); and Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL (DMin). Having retired in the spring of 2015, I’m enjoying time with the love of my life, Mary, and turning my ministry passions to writing. Mary and I have been married 55 years. Our two daughters and their husbands have given us 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. We love being grandparents!
Mary and I enjoy time with our family, movies, theater, and travel. I enjoy walks with our miniature dachshund, writing, reading, fishing, and ham radio. My life’s passion is to worship and know the living God, be transformed by his son, Jesus Christ, make Jesus known to others, and serve God and others with the Holy Spirit’s energy and power.
Who am I? I am a lover of Jesus/Christ-follower, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, preacher, ordained American Baptist Pastor retired, writer.