I never expected I'd be a pastor.  When I was asked to serve as Chaplain for my Scout troop,  I was ticked.  I left my home church in high school after a fallout with my Youth Minister.  It was only an attractive young woman who got me to go to church a few times in college.  With the wise advice of a beloved pastor and family friend, I tried to keep my heart and eyes open in college.  After digging in in many areas,  I thought I'd go into counseling, but with a theological bent.  God grabbed me in some odd and funny ways while in Divinity School.  I never wanted to be a pastor.  I thought my friends who were called in that direction were crazy.  I ended up stepping in as a Campus Minister at Vanderbilt after seminary and stayed ten years.  The amazing thing was how little I understood about ministry and the historic Christian faith, but God kept showing up in such simple and gracious ways.  I met Nibal in Nashville, we were married and had Elias while we were still there.  Covenant, Charlotte called me to me as an Associate, and we had eight intense years there as a Pastor for Missions and Evangelism.  Moussa and Leila were born there in North Carolina.

We had a year's hiatus after that before we were called to Colonial in Kansas City where I was the Site Pastor for Colonial Presbyterian Church.  We served for eight years until February of 2017.    Soon after that God reminded me of the way I was pointed years before and in 2017,  I entered the Master's program in Biblical Counseling at Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia. In theat same summer I did a Coaching Intensive at the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita.

My wife, Nibal is the Director of Training for New Directions Behavioral Health.  We've been married for twenty-three years. We love our friends, the chance to go to the beach, great books,


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