Now in my sixth decade, I’ve enjoyed a career as a teacher, coach, school administrator and staff minister in several churches. I’m a graduate of Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona B.A. 1979, in history and English with a Bible minor and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas with an M.A. in Christian Education.
I’ve spent most of my life working with younger people who are about to step forward into the world. I was raised in the Christian faith, with the understanding that humanity is created in God’s divine image, demonstrated by love that led to his ultimate sacrifice. I value–simplicity in living, which demonstrates the high priority of serving God by serving others, peace which acknowledges the image of God in his human creation, integrity that builds trust which is the foundation of relationships with others, community which brings us together regardless of the differences we see on the surface, equality that is the foundation of our mutual respect for others regardless of our differences, and stewardship that recognizes the responsibility we have to take care of the rest of creation. These values emerge from spiritual formation that is developed through an understanding of the Bible. I believe faith is a much simpler matter than we make it. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and he is our savior from sin through the atonement. We believe that because we believe that God inspired the Bible’s writers so that we can trust what they write.
“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen. And we have this command from Him: The one who loves God must also love his brother.” I John 4:20-21 HCSB
The Holman translation uses the male gender terminology in this passage, but the application is correctly applied to everyone, male or female. We are created in the image of God. Love is the reflection of God within us. It is the characteristic of God’s image that I want to reflect.
Raised in a small town in Arizona, I’ve been blessed to have enjoyed the city life of places like Phoenix, Houston and Ft. Worth; the small town rural life of Southern Missouri and Western Pennsylvania, and the moderate pace of a university town like Bowling Green, Kentucky. Currently, I live and work in Chicago.
You do me an honor by coming here to read my thoughts and opinions. Thank you. I hope you are inspired, and encouraged.