I grew up in Great Falls, Montana, which is a great place to grow up. I have fond memories of little league baseball and riding horses on a ranch where my family had a cabin. My family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when I was 14. One of the exciting things about Salt Lake City is that the ski hills are only 45 minutes from the city. So I took up snow skiing which I still love, though opportunities to ski since I moved to California, and then Richmond, have been limited.
My family attended a Presbyterian church when I was a child. However, I had little interest in spiritual things until after my family moved to Salt Lake City in 1962. Late in high school I became very active in my Presbyterian church as a fine Presbyterian pastor took me under his wing. Though very religious, I was afraid to really open my life to let Jesus come in. The result was that I eventually drifted away from church during my college years. It would not be until 1973 when I was 25 years old that I said a fuller "yes" to the Lord. How real Jesus Christ became to me and how exciting it was to experience God at work in my life when I finally said "yes".
I attended the University of Utah where I majored in psychology and graduated in 1971. After graduation I went to work in business, first for Skaggs Drug Company and then I got into the food brokerage business. At age 28 I went to seminary and began to attend Denver Seminary in the summer of 1976. At the same time I became very active in Corona Presbyterian Church in Denver, first as an elder and then as a leader in single adult ministry. I loved my seminary years as I soaked in lots of theology, worked in a warehouse unloading trucks and stocking shelves, and spent lots of time serving in my church. Corona Presbyterian asked me to come on staff to serve in single adult ministry and Christian Education following graduation from seminary. I spent five great years on staff there.
My wife, Susie, and I met in the fall of 1978 and were married in June of 1979 after my graduation from seminary. When we met, Susie was working for Youth for Christ. Our first child, Tiffany, was born in 1981 followed by our son, John, in 1983. In 1984 I took a call to pastor Immanuel Presbyterian Church in San Jose, California. During my time in San Jose, I completed a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Seminary with a focus on the area of church growth.
My wife, Susie, completed her master’s degree in counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University in December of 2001. She now works for a local Christian counseling agency here in Richmond. My daughter, Tiffany, graduated from Gordon College (north of Boston) in May of 2003 and is now living and working in California. My son, John, attends VCU in Richmond.
I am excited to be at Third Presbyterian Church and look forward to all the Lord has plans to do through you and me and the people of Third. Having begun at Third on September 1, 1996, I look forward to many more years of ministry at Third Presbyterian Church.