Okay, here’s my life in 300 words…
I was born on March 24th, 1960 in Middletown, Ohio as the fourth and final child (accident baby). My father was a steelworker and my mother worked in insurance. I was kicked out of high school at the end of my junior year for skipping school. I found it ironic. After leaving high school early, I surrendered my life to God and entered Bible College at seventeen years old. I graduated four years later with a B.S. in Bible and Theology. During college, I won four national championships in Taekwondo, and my amazing wife Joleen.
Since leaving Bible College, I have served in seven churches in different roles, traveled as an evangelist, earned a master’s degree in ministry, and worked a plethora of jobs to pay the bills. I have worked in a high-end retail store, a steel mill, a machine shop, and a plastic fabrication shop. I have also been a painter, floor installer, and a roughneck (oil rigs). And, I have also been a Martial Arts instructor and a marriage counselor, which at times is the same job. All of my jobs have taught me three life rules: 1) Work hard and you will be rewarded. 2) Be careful where you put your hands. 3) Don’t complain to others because 80% don’t care, and 20% are glad it is happening to you.
Final fast facts: Joleen and I have been happily married since 1982. We have one son Zachariah who just graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism (ASU). I currently serve in the East San Francisco Bay Area as a pastor, seminar speaker, and marriage counselor. I love chocolate, white sand beaches, supercars, and helping couples mold magnificent marriages!