I grew up in a Disciples congregation in Prairie Village, Kansas.
Disciples are “…a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” I loved growing up in a church where all followers of Christ, whether Catholic or Orthodox or Protestant, liberal or conservative, were seen as part of one Christian global family. I loved growing up in a church where people of diverse views about Jesus welcomed one another because Jesus has welcomed ALL of us. I loved growing up in a church which encouraged me to appreciate and honor those of different faiths around the world and around the corner.
I suppose I am still “growing up.” And these days I am grateful to be part of a church like North Oak, which, like all churches at their best, is alive with joyful hope that our fragmented world can indeed be made whole. I look forward to welcoming you!
I attended Kansas State University, The Divinity School of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and Saint Paul School of Theology here in Kansas City. I was ordained to be a pastor in 1984. Through 35 years of ministry I have served three marvelous congregations, including North Oak (since 1999).
Prayer is the wellspring of everything in the life of congregations and in your spiritual life and mine. In recent years I have become involved with some wonderful and wise praying communities such as the Academy for Spiritual Formation (https://academy.upperroom.org/) and Contemplative Outreach (www.contemplativeoutreach.org) For about ten years now I have been leading retreats and workshops on a very ancient and simple form of silent meditative prayer known as “centering prayer.” What a gift!
So that’s a little bit about me.
My wife, Kathy, and I enjoy life together with four grown children, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law, three perfect grandsons and a not so perfect golden retriever
My favorite place when not at church? Mount Neahkahnie in Oregon.
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“How shall we live? Welcoming to all!
“Nothing is true that forces me to exclude”