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I was born in a small town in Ohio to parents who were hard working, common people who did their best to provide for five children on factory wages. I was taught the value of hard work at a very early age, and quickly learned that success only comes to those who work hard and persevere. My dad drilled this into me on a frequent basis, and when he passed away when I was 12 years old, I was forced to put this philosophy into practice right away.

My adult working career reads like two completely different stories. For the first half of my career, I was employed at various jobs doing everything from climbing to the top of grain silos to welding on Army tanks in a defense plant. The second half of my career saw me gravitate toward managerial and supervisory roles. I eventually finished my working career as a Safety Manager at a large Japanese automobile manufacturer.

I have been exposed to many different cultures, languages, and belief systems in my career. While I couldn’t see it at the time, by exposing me to things I otherwise would never have seen, God was using these circumstances to prepare me for His service.

I came to accept Christ as my Savior when as a young man of 22 years of age, God sent someone to my place of employment who began patiently explaining the way of salvation to me. Having not been raised in church, this was all very new to me. Evidently I was hungry to hear the Good News because I eagerly accepted the Lord into my heart,and my world was radically changed from that moment on.

Over the past four decades I have served the Church in nearly every capacity imaginable, including that of Senior Pastor. I’ve also held numerous pastoral staff and teaching positions, helped to plant a new church, and have served on various boards and committees. For a while, I was also the church janitor! All in all I’ve had quite the ride in serving the Lord!

Through it all, God has taken what was once a cold, stony heart and replaced it with a heart of compassion. I am especially drawn to the underprivileged and those often taken advantage of, with a special love for abused and neglected children.

This blog is a reflection of my 40+ years of serving the Lord and His people. My intent is to make you think about your relationship with Him from a personal perspective, because being a Christian is all about relationship. From time to time I may say something that you do not like. In fact, I’m pretty sure I will say something that will make you take a hard look at where you are in your walk with Christ.

If that happens, I will count this endeavor as a success.

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