Born and adopted in Cincinnati, Ohio. Educated at Princeton University, Indiana University, Christ Seminary, Covenant Seminary, and the University of Chicago. Ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1981, as an Anglican priest in 2010. Parish pastor and church planter in Germany, Chicago, Augusta, St. Louis, St Paul, Plano, and Louisville. For the last three years on staff of PEARUSA with Bishop Steve Breedlove, focusing on leadership development and church renewal. Married for 35 years to Nancy, whom I met my last year of seminary in St. Louis. Nancy (PhD in pastoral theology, researching adolescent faith development) is Executive Director of Vibrant Faith, an organization exploring the changing landscape of faith formation. Two adult children: Katie, interior designer and realtor, runner, wife of Adam Davis and mother of Kherington (3) and Parker and Palmer (1); and Chris, musician, guitar teacher and brewery owner, husband of Amy and father to Jack (8) and Maddox (6 months). Nancy and I rejoice that both our children (and their spouses) know and love the Lord.
I love music—all kinds of music, from Bach to Bluegrass. I love hymns new and old. I love to cook. Nancy and I enjoy travel and dream often of journeys to come—though the desire to be near grandchildren has killed the "dream" of retiring in Italy. (Truth be told, we don't believe in retirement.) I am a passionate baseball fan (St. Louis Cardinals). Mountains or seashore—love them both.
At 18 I wanted to be a diplomat. There were people who had been telling me for years that I was going to be a pastor. I didn't want to hear it. Loved the Lord, loved the Church, just didn't want to follow that path. They knew … It is my life, and I love it (not every part of it, but I have never considered walking away). It is the calling on my life.