Where I come from
The oldest of three children, I was born in Dallas, Texas, but grew up in Spokane, Washington.
I came to faith in Christ as a young boy growing up in a Christian home. My parents modeled a love for God’s Word and service to others. I realize I was fortunate to have this foundation and to have many spiritual mentors in my life since childhood.
Why I teach at Multnomah
The son of a teacher, I think I was genetically predisposed to teaching! I love teaching at Multnomah because I love helping others grow in their faith in Christ and develop their abilities to more effectively serve in His kingdom. I want to assist men and women in their walk with Jesus Christ as others did for me.
Current ministry outside of class
My wife and I are active in our church where I also serve as an elder. I also serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
People who inspire me
I love reading biographies of great men and women who have been used by God to effect change in the world and to build His kingdom. Reading these biographies really inspires me!
Favorite chapter of the Bible
Probably my favorite chapter in the Bible is Romans 8 because it reminds me of what I have gained by faith in Christ, how I should live out my faith in Christ, and the tremendous confidence that God is faithful to complete what he has begun in my life.
Extra-curricular, non-ministry activities
I love to spend lots of time with my family – which also usually involves lots of food and laughter. I love to read, write, work in my garden, go for walks and hikes with my wife, Cindy, write and arrange music, and dabble in photography, drawing, and painting.
Family and other information
I taught instrumental and choral music in Ephrata, Washington and in Beaverton, Oregon and at one time served as an interim private school administrator. I also have twenty years of service as a music and worship pastor in churches in northern Idaho, southern California, and Portland. While serving as a pastor, I enjoyed planning and leading worship, directing a wide range of vocal and instrumental groups and worship teams, writing, arranging and recording music, teaching God’s Word, and discipling others.
My wife, Cindy, and I have been married since 1978. We have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three beautiful granddaughters.