Please allow me to share with you a little bit of my personal story. At age twenty I moved to South Africa specifically to train as a minister and missionary with the Churches of Christ. I worked there a total of thirteen years, and also served as senior minister with two churches in the USA.
Today I am an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I recently retired from full-time pastoral ministry, having served as senior minister at Casa View Christian Church in Dallas nearly fourteen years. During that time I also served on various committees, including the North Texas Area board as moderator, and more recently the NTA transition committee as the Southwest Region went through restructure.
I also have an academic side. I am Assistant Professor of Religion at Amberton University in Garland, Texas. I taught several courses there in the mid-80s, and since 2000 I have taught four courses each year.
My wife Margaret and I have three children, Adrienne, Donald and Loren, and three grandsons, Aiden, Ethan and Dylan.
I have tried to continue my education wherever I lived. After High School I began undergraduate studies North Texas State University as a science major. In South Africa I switched to biblical studies, with a secondary interest in psychology. Over time I completed the following:
- Diploma in Theology, Southern Africa Bible College, Benoni, South Africa
- B.A. University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
- M.A., Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
- M.T.S., Texas Christian University (Brite Divinity School), Ft.Worth, Texas
- Ph.D., University of Natal, Pietersmaritzburg, South Africa.
In addition, I did graduate studies in clinical psychology at the University of South Africa and later studied New Testament backgrounds as a doctoral candidate at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg under the supervision of Professor A.S. Geyser. Back in the states I completed an unaccredited Th.D. with Trinity Theological Seminary, in Tennyson, Indiana. That was my first exposure to strict Calvinist theology.
During the mid-80s I was Project Administrator for a Bread For A Hungry World, an organization devoted to third world development and crisis intervention. My ministry role involved fund-raising as well as coordination of projects in Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, and various parts of Africa.
In 1990 Marge and I joined the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In 2004, I was approved for ordination by the Southwest Regional Committee on the Ministry. While working toward ordination with the Disciples of Christ, I was employed primarily in proprietary education, including ITT Technical Institute as Director of Recruitment and Computer Learning Center as Director of Education.
One of my passions has been community and world outreach. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 I led a local church project to assist seventeen families to relocate in Dallas. I also volunteered with the Red Cross in the aftermath of Katrina, and storms in Garland and Rowlett, Texas in 2015-16. And while minister at Casa View Christian Church, I was chaplain of a Cub Scout Pack for five years.
I have continued to support African missions in various ways. In 2017 I accompanied a medical mission teams (Mission Regan) to Zambia. I provided pastoral support and served as team photographer. Following that I served on the team to plan and construct a medical clinic in the Garneton township in Kitwe, Zambia.
I have many hobbies and interests. I have joked with friends that its easy to be a Renaissance man and do many things if you don’t do any of them very well. But the point is learning, exploring, and doing what you enjoy. In the 70s and 80s I was a distance runner, completing a number of standard marathons as well as two ultra-marathons, the Two Oceans (35 miles) in Cape Town and the Comrades (56 miles) from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. I continued running once back in the States, but the only marathon I completed was the White Rock in Dallas. I have always been interested in the outdoors and love back packing, camping and fishing. I used to scuba dive, but now stay pretty close to the surface as a snorkeler. Until recently I have sailed. As they say, a boat is a hole in the water where you pour money, and among your greatest days in life are when you buy a boat and when you sell it. I had my Catalina 270 fourteen years. One day, out alone in high winds on Lake Ray Hubbard I nearly fell overboard. I decided it was time to sell.
I also play guitar and write songs. Family has always been, and continues to be, my number one passion.