Where I come from
My wife and I are both Oregonians and saw that God was calling us to full-time ministry after college. I had intended to go to seminary and pursue pastoral ministry. However, it was clear that, with my administrative gifts, God had a different plan for me and I began a vocation in educational administration, serving first as Registrar at Dallas Seminary. After returning to Oregon following 11 years in Texas, I became Registrar at George Fox University. During that time, I completed my doctoral work and thought that I would continue in educational administration as the path God had for me. However, He directed me for a time into pastoral ministry and now on to bi-vocational ministry in which I am able to serve institutions of higher education as a consultant for operational and strategic improvements (particularly theological schools) and as a missionary leader helping to support others going to the field full-time.
Why I teach at Multnomah
Having attending the one year Graduate Certificate program before moving to Texas to complete seminary, I agree with the mission of the institution. In addition, I am very familiar with adult Degree Completion Programs at various institutions and appreciate the unique nature of the program at Multnomah that serves adult students within the distinctives of the university.
Current ministry outside of class
I serve as an elder at my church and as Director of Development for ARM Ministries. In addition, I have relationships with a pastor and his family in Haiti and have had the privilege of returning there several times to help with training of church leaders and am beginning to assist with community development initiatives.
Education and research
The focus of my doctoral program was on organizational leadership and direction within theological education. I have a special research interest in how character affects one's leadership behaviors.
Extra-curricular, non-ministry, activities
I enjoy fly-fishing and also serve as board president for the Chehalem Water Polo club in Newberg, Oregon, where my children participate in the sport at various levels.
I have been married to my wife, Carrie, for 19 years and have four children, ages 15-9. We live in Dundee, Oregon.