The Evangelical Covenant Church has always been near and dear to my heart. I
am not only a product of a local Covenant church, but I am a graduate of our
denomination's university, as well as the church's seminary.
I'm convinced that even if I had not been born into the Covenant I would have
most certainly found the ECC. There is something about the ECC that resonates
with the deepest spiritual yearnings of my heart and soul. The ECC values, as do
I, the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God's grace and ever deepening
spiritual life that comes through faith with Jesus Christ, the importance of
extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world and the strength that
comes from unity within diversity.
Weaving these values into the DNA of a local faith community has always been a
priority of my leadership and ministry in the church. This has been especially true
of my work at Trinity. We have done good here, but we can do better. There is
great opportunity for Trinity to become a truly diverse community; a fellowship of
believers commited to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with all people
regardless of age, gender, color, socio-economic status and need.
I pray daily that we are up to the task; I pray that the church and the people I
love become more and more the church and the people God calls us to be.
Now that I have let you know a little bit about the theological passions stirring in
my heart; you might find it amusing that I am a "Die Hard" Cubs fan surrounded
by White Sox fans. I enjoy watching Cubs games even when they are losing! I'm
also an avid reader. Over the past few years I have become somewhat of a
serious runner. I married my high school sweetheart back in 1976. She also
doubles as the church secretary. Charlene and I are also the proud parents of
two adult children.