A little about the author –
Why am I writing this blog?
Reason number one? I want to offer hope to others! God’s servants need to know that His grace is meant for them, too. My personal experience has shaped me in unique ways to come alongside the many men and their families who have been “exited,” have fallen or are just plain burned out in ministry. I was in full-time pastoral ministry for 17 years. But because of sin, irresponsible choices and despair, my life spiraled out of control. Several years of imprisonment brought an end to my pastoral ministry, but it was the beginning of a new chapter of repentance and renewal. The subsequent years have been a slow but steady process of growth, restoration and renewed hope.
The other reason?
After working for 15 years in a variety of manufacturing environments, mostly in the quality sector, God opened the door for me to join PIR Ministries – serving for four years as the Midwest Regional Director and now as the Executive Director. PIR (Pastor-in-Residence) exists to offer hope to “at-risk” and exited pastors. I represent a ministry that is rooted firmly in the local church and is intent on seeing broken shepherds (and their families) strengthened, healed and ready to explore what God has in store for their future (www.pirministries.com).
I have been married for 39 years to an amazing woman of faith, have one married daughter and we are grandparents for the first time! I am also an ordained elder, regular teacher and co-director of Adult Discipleship Ministries with my wife in a church family that believes in God’s redeeming purposes.
Because there is joy to be found in life, I play bass in the worship band, enjoy jazz music, hockey and my dog, Keillor. My wife has coached a middle and high school equestrian team, and trains her horse, Tess, in dressage. She works as an administrator for a law firm, enjoys teaching, and is always eager for a good discussion over coffee.