For starters I grew up in an unchurched family in a time when everyone else on our street still went to church. So I knew next to nothing about the Bible and Jesus before giving my life to him before my senior year in high school. I also have vivid memories of my first few times in a Bible study and having people laugh when I quoted what I thought was something from the Bible only to learn that it was from Ben Franklin. As a result God has given me a huge heart for and understanding of people who don’t know Jesus. In addition I am convinced that if we really loved God and our neighbor like Jesus commanded, then the world would be a different place. It was because someone showed that kind of love to me that I came to Christ so I know it works.
For more than 30 years God has allowed me to teach and lead others into a deeper relationship with Christ. That got a huge jump start during my first semester in college when I knew God was speaking to me with the words, “study for me”. Along the way I got a BA in Theology and Psychology from a Catholic/Charismatic university, studied for two years at a liberal Presbyterian seminary, got a Masters degree from an evangelical Episcopal seminary and finally a Doctorate from Reformed Theological Seminary. As a result I have an ability to talk with folks from most any theological perspective out there. In ministry itself I served for 16 years at a church in Pittsburgh, a majority of that time as the Sr. Pastor, planted a church from scratch in Orlando for 8 years and now serve as a Pastor at Northland Church, also in Orlando.
My wife and I met in college and God gave me the incredible privilege of marrying someone that I helped bring to Christ. We have three sons all in their 20’s. It is not unusual at our house to hear us talk to one another on multiple languages. In addition to English at least one of us knows or is learning, Spanish, Arabic, German, Chinese or Afrikaans. Of course we don’t understand each other but it is pretty funny when we carry on conversations that way.
If you are on Facebook I would love to get a friend request from you. Trust me, if you search my name I am the only one who will pop up on your list.
With you in His great adventure,