Skills: Leadership, team building, encouragement, written and oral communication, and pastoral skills.
I pastored a church for three years in New Jersey before entering active duty in 1982. When I retired from the Army in 2012, I was hired as the Executive Director for the Armed Services Ministry (ASM) of the American Bible Society. It was in that capacity that I was introduced to Planting Roots in their inception, and have been a big fan ever since. When ABS moved to Philadelphia I chose not to and engaged in other ministries. I was blessed to be a part of a translation and commentary team for Wycliffe Associates focusing on the Book of Jonah. I then was hired as a part-time consultant for The 1687 Foundation which provides Christian books to a broad swath of ministries. I was also privileged to minister in Moldova and Ukraine with Olive Branch International. I returned to ASM almost three ago as a part-time consultant. I enjoy writing and, besides designing materials for ASM, have had Op-ed pieces published in the Huffington Post, the Christian Post, and the American Bible Society Blog site. I am the co-author of the books Engage Your Strengths 4.0, and the Military Stewardship Devotional, both available on ArmedServicesMinistry.org.
Military Experience: 1982-2012, US Army Chaplain, retiring at the rank of Colonel. I am a graduate of the US Army War College.
Personal Statement of Christian Faith: I was raised in a denomination that did not emphasize the need for salvation. By a miracle of the Lord, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 17. I then got my call to ministry in college when I was 19, and became active in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship at Rutgers who discipled me. After college, I attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was ordained after graduation. I am now honorably retired as a minister, although I still preach as requested. I have been married to my bride Mary for 46 years. We have two daughters and 4 grandchildren who are the love of our lives.