Originally, from northeastern Indiana--near Ft. Wayne--I moved to Bakersfield from a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, along with my wife Brenda and our son Jesse, in January 2018.  Brenda, who is originally from southeastern Iowa, and I met while we were students in seminary.  We have been married more than 28 years and have two grown children, Amanda and Jesse (Jess), who, since moving to California with us, has transferred back to Iowa with the company he works for.

     Even though I replaced playing baseball with playing softball--slow pitch--several years ago, baseball remains my favorite sport.  I also like to watch other sports including tennis and hockey in addition to football and college basketball--pro basketball during the playoffs--but I do not watch bowling and golf.  I also "play these 'sports'" very seldom.  When I haven't been able to play softball--and actually, even when I am playing on a team--I also bike and run.  I have run many 5k's, several half-marathons, and one full marathon.  I also like to read and spend time with our two cats; and of course, spend time with friends and family.

     I have been ordained since 1999 and have served as pastor of churches in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and now, California.  I have also served as a chaplain intern at a hospital and as chaplain on the staff of a rehabilitation and long-term care facility.  At 62, I plan to be in ministry for a few more years before I retire and find more time or my interests which include traveling to see family and, if my knees hold up, perhaps do one more marathon.  



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