I was born in 1931 in Nebraska USA as the oldest son of parents who only had high school educations. Although both of them came from large families, I only had one younger brother. I am the father of three grown children by my first wife, eight grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. Since I’ve been married four times because of three divorces, my family is quite broken; but I’ve learned some important lessons through my marital experiences and failures. I only wish that I had learned them sooner than so much later.
Education and training
I was called to become a minister in a Youth For Christ meeting in Los Angeles in 1950. I was licensed to preach by my local church in Omaha in 1953 and 1957, and by another local church in 1959. I got a BA in Sociology from the Municipal University of Omaha in 1956, and I got my BD degree in New Testament from Central Baptist Theology Seminary in 1960. I was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Beloit Kansas on the recommendation of the representatives from the Judson Association of American Baptist Churches of Kansas in 1960. I have additional graduate level studies in psychology and journalism at two state universities. I have received special training in group leadership, planning and organizational development, and fund raising during my years of service as a minister.
General Work Experience
I am now an old retired Baptist minister with a wide range of experience in secular and church positions. The secular positions include these: swimming instructor and life guard; postal clerk and grocery clerk; sales of shoes, insurance, printing services, telemarketing of business services and Christian resources, and several door-to-door products; private security officer and prison correction’s officer; driver for delivery route, taxi, and limo; office manager for a state agency and office secretary for a church executive; social case worker; public relations and fund raising writer for a private college, and associate director on the staff of a professional fund-raising firm; janitor for an office cleaning service.
The church related positions include these: licensed preacher in a Christian center while going to college; pastor and interim pastor of several local churches; director of Christian education in two different local churches, and Baptist chaplain and instructor in the School of Religion at a state university; designer and writer and editor of curriculum resources on the national staff of a denomination as well as for an international organization of denominations; served on two committees of the National Council of Churches of Christ, vice-chairman and chairman of the Religious Education Section of the Adult Education Association of America, vice-president and president of the Chicago Chapter of the Religious Public Relations Council; marketing and fund-raising professional on the staff of a Christian college and also a seminary; residence manager for a home of mentally handicapped adults operated by a state church agency; webmaster for my church’s website and now one of my own that includes a blog.
At this stage in my life and service as a Christian, I am seeking to stay away from denominational labels regarding my theology. I believe in the triune nature of God and the saving authority of Jesus, God’s Son, through the redeeming and transforming power of the Spirit. I believe that salvation comes through faith in the Lordship of Jesus by the grace of God and not through works, although one’s effort of humble obedience to God’s will through Jesus is an important part of one’s faith. I believe that the Bible contains an inspired record of God’s revelation and an expression of his will, but it is not the total record of these features of God’s nature. As “an inspired record”, it is an authoritative guide to a life of faith, but the details of this “guide” are difficult to completely summarize in any human statement of creed or theology. Too many such statements are influenced by uninspired human opinions and philosophy. I am seeking more and more to listen carefully to the Spirit as I seek to understand and to apply the wisdom of God’s Word to my life. I am not seeking to be “right” in my beliefs, but rather I am seeking to glorify God through my life and ministries of service faithfully using the gifts that he has given to me.
Feel free to contact me with any of your questions regarding my background or any of my statements on this website. I will try to answer them for you. I pray that you will be blessed by your visit to my website. I would love to hear from you.