All four of my grandparents were devout Christians. My dear mother was a godly woman who went to be with the Lord in the winter of 1956. I attribute her sterling Christian character and fervent prayers as the chief human contributors in my conversion.
- Bachelor of Theology (Th.B); area of concentration: Bible, Theology; God’s Bible School & College, Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Master of Arts (M.A.); area of concentration: New Testament Studies; Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.
- Doctor of Religious Studies (D.R.S); area of concentration: Biblical Studies, Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana.
- Ordained to the Christian ministry in 1966
- Founding Editor of Life in the Spirit journal in 1993 (discontinued 2012)
- Executive Director of Life in the Spirit Ministries since 1993
- Pastored for 38 years
- Served on two mission teams to Russia
- Served as an adjunct faculty member with Indiana Wesleyan University, teaching New Testament Studies and Christian philosophy
- Presently serving as an adjunct faculty member of West Africa Theological Seminary, Lagos, Nigeria, since 2008, teaching “The Spiritual Life of a Minister
- Have authored/edited 18 books since 2011
- Presently writing, editing, and publishing
- Blogs at Life in the Spirit Journal
- Conducts a limited number of preaching engagements, seminars and Bible conferences
I joyfully identify with the long history of the orthodox, evangelical stream of the Church. Theologically, I am a conservative. On issues of secondary importance, I will not quibble with my brothers and sisters in Christ. We are called to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” I would hope that I have no doctrinal biases; however, I realize that is a practical impossibility: “Now I know in part.”
Furthermore, ecclesiastically and theologically, my roots are in the Wesleyan tradition, for which I am grateful. However, the apostle Paul rebuked the Corinthian Church for exalting one man over another: “One of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas.’ ” (1 Cor. 1:12). Much damage has been done in the Church because we have said I follow a certain man. I thank God for the contribution wise and godly men and women have made to give us a better understanding of the Scriptures; nevertheless, the Word of God is our standard of faith, and the Holy Spirit is our faithful Teacher.
I extend to every person the right hand of fellowship, who has been born of God and aspires to live a life in conformity to the Word of God. Personally, I will be content if there are those along the way who will be able to recognize me as a follower of Christ—a mere Christian. Jesus is Lord! In the words of Thomas O. Chisholm,
I have one deep, supreme desire,
That I may be like Jesus.
To this I fervently aspire,
That I may be like Jesus.
– Soli Deo Gloria –