Education: Degree in Christian ministries.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: These are just my attempts to put down the things that God has prompted me to say.
Sermon or series that made a difference: Anything by Mark Hanby.
One of my favorite illustrations: "Preach the gospel, using words only when needed." Not really an illustration but you get the point. More of a quote really, but I use it all the time.
Family: My wife is Nancy, a daughter Lisa a sports trainer living in New York city, a daughter Stacy who is married to a Marine currently in Kuwait, she is in Oceanside CA. a son Jocob who is sixteen and living at home and a daughter Strawberry Rose who is thirteen and lives at home as well.
What my parents think of my sermons: My mother died when I was young and my father died a few months after I became a full time pastor. He never heard me preach. The very first funeral I officiated at was his. The hardest thing I have ever done. However the word of the Lord went out and some were saved that day. A very bitter-sweet experience.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: I will put it this way. I often ask her, "How many really great preachers do you think there are in the world?" She always answers back, "One less than you think. Shut-up and drive." LOL
Best advice given to me about preaching: "When people find out that you are a pastor, preach to them, they expect it and thing something is wrong with them if you don’t."
Books that have had an impact: I read so much that this is a tough one. But do narrow it down into one book other than the Bible of course that had the greatest effect on me, was C. S. Lewis’ "Out of the Silent Planet." What a great work that was. Sort of like a Narnia for grown ups, even though I like Narnia and still do.
Hobbies: Fine-scale modeler, working on computers, electric blues, classical music, reading. Well of course the Cubs but that goes without saying.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: "This is it, let’s roll."
Something funny that happened while preaching: "We had just planted the church and were meeting in an old building, and a spider came down big as you please on it’s web and landed right on my head. Finally one brave soul told me about it.
What I want on my tombstone: Cubs Win, Cubs Win