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I was born into a Roman Catholic family. Our family thought we were religious because we went to mass every Sunday, followed the sacraments, and observed the holy days of the Roman Catholic Church. From the first grade to the sixth grade I went to Catholic school. My grandparents were Roman Catholic. Almost all of our neighbors were Roman Catholic.

When I was 8 years old, my mother contracted cancer, which not only caused her great pain, but also put a strain on our family. I started to question what life was all about and wondered about the Roman Catholic Church. When I was 12 years old, our family moved from the city of Milwaukee to a small farming community about thirty miles to the west. Besides my mother's cancer, this move also changed our family in many ways. One of the most serious ways it changed was my father was away from home more often and when he was home his excessive drinking made him abusive. When I was 14 years old my mother filed for a divorce. Within a few months my father and mother reconciled. Part of the reconciliation agreement was for my father to go to Alcoholics Anonymous, my mother to attend AA, and for me to attend teen AA. None of these programs worked in our case and our Roman Catholic beliefs caused more questions than answers.

Between the ages of 12 and 16, life at home was very unsettling. I thought of running away many times and even thought about suicide. I had always hoped that my infant baptism, my indulgences, and my good works would be enough to get me into heaven. However, these things brought no peace and no resolution to my situation. Since as early as I could remember, I had questions about some of the practices of the Roman Catholic Church, however, I found no answers that made good sense. Between the ages of 14 and 17, I talked to a lot of people about some of the unsettling issues of life, however, I did not find anyone with a real handle on life.

While in high school, I met a girl who became really serious about me. After graduating from high school she wanted to know if I would marry her. At the time I was afraid of marriage because I saw my mother's and father's marriage decay into something hateful. Her home situation was not much different than mine. She kept trying to convince me that we could make a difference in our relationship. Her mother needed open heart surgery on December 1, 1974. Her brothers came to Milwaukee from Colorado and California for the surgery. One of her brothers was a Baptist pastor who had been praying that he could talk to us about things of the Lord. That evening of the open heart surgery, after nothing more could be done, my girl friend, her brother and myself went back to my girl friend's house. Her brother sat down with us and shared God's Word. He asked if I had any questions about life. I was so excited because I had many questions and I found no one who had real answers. He answered them all from God's Word. He shared the Romans Road with me, (Romans 3:10-12,23; 5:6,8,12; 10:9-10,13). Then, our time was cut off because other members of the family came home and it was getting very late.

I went home and while in bed I reviewed in my mind all the things that were shared with me from God's Word. I remember I had tears in my eyes and my heart was convicted about my spiritual condition, I told Jesus that I knew I was a sinner and needed Him for my salvation. I trusted Christ as my Savior that night, December 2, 1974 and experienced a change in my spiritual condition. From that point in time I have been burdened for those who do not know Christ as Savior.

In March of 1975, I was baptized by immersion. In February of 1976 I was married. In August of 1976, we attended a Bible college. In 1978, I was called to the ministry at a revival meeting with Dr. Carl Elgina. I graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College with two bachelor's degrees majoring in both Bible and Theology, a B.A. in 1980, and a Th.B. in 1981. I also graduated from Denver Baptist Theological Seminary with two master's degrees majoring in pastoral and counseling ministries, a M.A. in 1984 and a M.Div. in 1986. I then graduated from Central Baptist Theological Seminary with a doctor's degree majoring in pastoral and counseling ministries with a D.Min. in 1995.

I was licensed for the gospel ministry in 1983 and ordained to the ministry in 1986. I have been an itinerant preacher in various churches since 1978. While attending both college and seminary, I preached in pulpits on every weekend representing these institutions. I have been a pastor for 15 years. I was a senior Pastor in two churches after graduating from college and seminary, one in Colorado and one in Iowa. I was also an associate pastor in Wisconsin. I have been an interim pastor in Iowa and in Wisconsin.

I taught a few courses at Denver Baptist Bible College, Denver Colorado and a few classes at Northland Baptist Bible College. I have conducted seminars on various subjects in Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, and New York. I have worked with several nursing homes comforting those in need in Colorado, Iowa, and Wisconsin. I was a chaplain with Adams County Sheriff's Department in Denver, Colorado serving in the peer support and victim advocacy programs. I have counseled Christians on various issues and have helped to build-up new Christians in the Lord with the Word of God since 1983.

I have a unique background and training that can relate to a broad diversity of individuals. My desire is to share God's Word verbally and in written form with others.

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