Education: I started undergraduate school at Alderson-Broaddus College in 1964. After leaving to get married I continued to take courses at Akron University, Sinclair Community College and finally graduated from Wright State University in 1998. I received my MDIV from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in 2002.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: Use what you like from any of my sermons. I have borrowed from others.
Sermon or series that made a difference: The last one I heard and the next one that I am looking forward to hearing.
One of my favorite illustrations: A young boy saw his next door neighbor, an elderly gentleman who has recently lost his wife, sitting on his porch looking very sad. The young boy walked up, climbed in the man’s lap, and sat with him for a long time. When he finally returned home his mother ask what he had said to the old man. "Nothing, Mom," the young boy said, "I just helped him cry."
This is a great example of Christian caring and presence.
Family: I have been married to my wife, Cheryl, for 38 years. We have two grown daughter, Jaime and Jessica. And we have five grandchildren whom we delight in spoiling.
What my parents think of my sermons: Both parents are dead and neither ever heard me preah.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: I am afraid to ask her.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Be secure in the Word. Preach what you know.
Books that have had an impact: I have enjoyed seeking out the theology in Steven King’s writing; especially in the Dark Tower series and in such books and Desperation.
Hobbies: I am an avid amateur radio enthusiast, operating both a base station where I have talked to people from many countries and a moblie station in my vehicle. I love reading, camping, bike riding, euchre, and spending time with my wife and family.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Just what I ahve been saying. Just what God gives me to preach.
Something funny that happened while preaching: In a children’s sermon: I was using a cordless phone to emphasize that when we pray we do not have to know God’s phone number or URl, but that we just talk with God whenever we want. Just as I said that if I knew God’s phone number I couold call Him, the phone rang. Talk about adding impact to a story!
What I want on my tombstone: I’m not here!