I'm married to my bride of 39 years and we have a daugther and son who have families of their own. I am the proud PaPa to five grandchildren.
After living through a tough freshman year at one university, I decided to start fresh at ACU. While there, not only did I renew my relationship with my Lord, I met my wife the first week of school. After graduating from ACU with a Master's in Bible I followed that with another Master's degree in Psychology and eventually a PhD in counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. I worked in private practice for 12 years and now as a business and organizational consultant in executive development and building healthy cultures. My work with The Hills began three years ago and still continues with the Pastoral care mininstry. My journey has led down many paths, but the events that have had the biggest impact on my faith are the birth of my kids, the opportunity to baptize them, and officiating both of their marriage ceremonies. I also consider it a true honor to have performed the funeral services for both of my parents. I've served as youth and family ministers in churches in Texas and Oklahoma. Along the way, I've learned and served with so many gifted people.
I love the verses in Philippians 2:5-11 because they describe the attitude and example of what true humility is and all that Christ did for me. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
My hope for The Hills is that we become a greater reflection of the grace and mercy of God to a hurting and lost world.