I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My earliest memories are from the back pew of our church. I grew up in an Assembly of God church. As I got older I started reaching for “The American Dream”. College, get a job in my field of study, etc. I thought I was doing it right, but God had a different plan.
Three weeks after turning twenty-one I drove 1,648 miles from home to become a youth pastor in a young Assembly of God church in Massachusetts. I was the youth minister in two different churches.
I left the ministry and drove to Virginia Beach, Virginia to visit a friend, and wound up settling there. That is where I met my wife. We got married and due to a loss of a job we sold our house and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. We had two children there. For the hope of a good stable job we moved the family to Illinois. I have worked for AT&T 21 years. My wife and I divorced several years ago, and I have never remarried.
Our son Josh now works for Starbucks using his bachelor’s degree in counseling to understand his customers.
Our daughter Taylor is married, and is an assistant manager at a Life Way Christian Books. She had their first child, Elanor (Ellie) in April of 2016.
I attend Willow Creek Community Church.
I feel my primary ministry now is in the form of writing.