Education: Afl-CIO Carpenter Apprenticeship - Graduated 1983.
Pastoral Diploma from North Central Bible College - minor in Bible - Graduated 1988.
B.S. Social Work from Bemidji State University - minors in Chemical Dependency Counseling, and Sociology - 1994.
Masters of Biblical Studies in Pastoral Ministry - Master’s Divinity School- 2008
Comment to those looking at my sermons: It’s by the grace of God that I can even do this!
Sermon or series that made a difference: Beyond Sunday,
Life of Joseph series,
3 motto’s of a Servant Leader,
7 Keys to revival,
Legacy of the pew - Series
Fly High series from the Book of Acts
One of my favorite illustrations: The truth of the matter is man has been making mistakes since creation. Here are just some of the great mistakes of the past:
1). The ancient Babylonians believed that the earth was flat in 8th Century B.C.. The sad fact is there are still people today who believe that the earth is flat. Their claims are based on their literal interpretation of the Bible, which, for example refers to "the four, corners of the Earth." They call themselves the "Flat Earth Society." There base is in Utah.
Family: Wife - Kathy married she is a teacher.
Tiffany - 30 (Josh)and two twin grand sons - Ayden and Keagan twins, and Evie
Ashley - 25 (Vernon) grandson Emerson
What my parents think of my sermons: My mom say’s "I am dynamic."
My dad has only heard me preach once at a Father’s Day Banquet and he said, "You did well, but your socks did not match your suit."
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She says, "They are awesome! They are life inspiring! They are motivational! They are enlightening! They are heart changing! and He’s cute too!"
Best advice given to me about preaching: Be Yourself.
Pray for the Lord to use the sermon he laid on your heart.
Be creative "It’s a sin to bore people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ" (Swindoll).
Preach in modern day Parables.
Repeat you main point 7 times.
Do your homework!
Books that have had an impact: Simplify by Bill Hybels
"Radical" by David Platt
"Experiencing God" by Blackaby,
"David" by Charles Swindoll,
"Laugh Again" by Charles Swindoll,
"Developing the Leader Within" by John Maxwell,
"Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make" By Hans Finzel,
"Turning Vision Into Action" by George Barna,
"Descending Into Greatness" by Bill Hybels,
"The Life You Always Wanted" by John Ortberg,
"Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" by Jim Cymbala,
"Fresh Faith" by Jim Cymbala,
"Fresh Power" by Jim Cymbala
Computer Strategy Games,
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Commit 100% to Jesus and then lead people from here to eternity.
Something funny that happened while preaching: When I was doing my internship in a church I once noted to the congregation that I had recently received a news letter from Hell. I mean’t to say I had received a News Letter which had an article about Hell and it came out wrong. Everyone laughed and teased me that they did not know that I had a hotline to Hell.
What I want on my tombstone: He was a man after God’s own heart!