I graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Speech Communication. I then went to Western Seminary where I received two masters degrees, one in Divinity and the other in Theology. While there I took every Bible course twice so that I could learn from different teachers. I also took 30 hours of Greek and 33 hours of Hebrew so that I could understand the Bible’s original languages.
I then went to Fuller Theological Seminary where I received my Doctor of Ministry degree in Organizational Management and Strategic Planning. I use many of the skills I learned in that program as I try to help parents develop strategies for heart change in their children.
I’ve been a pastor since 1980. My first church was in Mililani, Hawaii, pastoring with my father for 8 years. He helped me learn to teach the Bible verse by verse and look for practical applications to apply the scriptures to people’s lives. Working with him was worth just as much as my seminary training.
Ed, Joanne, Carrie, and I enjoyed a cruise in the Caribbean a few years ago.
In 1988, Carrie and I moved our family to Lawrenceville, New Jersey where I began pastoring a church with three other men, one of whom was my good friend Ed, Miller. We are still great friends today. While ministering there I met Ed’s wife Joanne. Our families grew close and we have shared vacations and life experiences for over 25 years. Ed, Joanne, Carrie, and I still go on vacation together most years.