I was born in Southern California and graduated from Thousand Oaks High School. I received a B.S in Ministry from Bethany Bible College in Scotts Valley, CA, and a Master’s in Ministry (Leadership) from the Graduate School at Southwestern Christian University. I moved to the Little Portion Community in Eureka Springs, AR to join the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, where for four years I was the only Assemblies of God minister who was also a monk. After leaving the Little Portion, I married Barbara in 1994.
I enjoy playing piano, photography (the family calls me Papa-razzi), and writing. But my real passion is teaching Scripture and seeing lives changed by the truth of God’s love.
I’ve written a book about my time at the Little Portion Hermitage called Taking Off My Comfortable Clothes. Many of the posts are from this book that was published in August, 2010. Other posts are from a collection of essays I call Scriptures That Bother Me: Letting the Message Shape the Messenger. Everybody has their favorite Scriptures. These are my least favorites, because the pinch and prod and remind me of how far I’ve yet to go in my decision to be a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth. I figure if I’m bothered by these Scriptures, then I’ll share my misery with you!
On September 13, 2009, I became the lead pastor at Journey Church, Independence, KS. If you are ever visiting our town, you are welcome to be our guest.