As a young person, I didn’t know the life God was calling me to live. At 16 years old I came to Christ through the ministry of Youth for Christ. I set my sights on being a career officer in the Air Force, but as I prepared, I began to sense a call to ministry instead. I changed course hours before I was to board a plane for the Academy in Colorado Springs.
I attended San Diego University and pursued a degree in International Relations, which served as a good foundation for my Master’s level work at Western Seminary. In seminary God brought significant men into my life who prepared me for pastoral ministry. I eventually went on to Dallas Seminary, where I earned a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology.
I recently repositioned, giving less time to pastoral work (I’ve pastored two churches in Oregon – Southeast Portland and Beaverton, and one in Wassenaar, the Netherlands). I am devoting more of my time to writing and teaching. I continue as a professor of Pastoral Theology and Leadership at Western Seminary and enjoy teaching abroad in Beirut, India, Turkey and Israel.
My first book, Under an Open Heaven, was released in February 2017. It is a call to live the life an open heaven has enabled us to live. My second book, Missing Voices will be available March 2019.
My wife, Heather, and I live on the west side of Portland with our daughter, Kate. Our son, Nate, is serving with YWAM in Australia.
I occasionally head for the wilderness in northeast Washington, near the Canadian border, to write, kayak on the Pend Oreille River, and observe eagles, deer, and other critters.