Over the years I have served as Pastor for Evangelism at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, Georgia; Psychotherapist (Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia); board member of several social service agencies, and am currently on the board of Reconciling Works/Lutherans for Full Participation. In the ELCA and its predecessor body I worked for the Division for Mission in North America, served on Synod Council and the Conflict Resolution team, and volunteered for disaster relief. I have been serving as the pastor of Shepherd of the Hills since 1998. While at Shepherd of the Hills I’ve had the joy of supervising six interns from Gettysburg Seminary.

Spiritually, my upbringing was nominally Methodist, though we weren’t active church-goers. I shared in the often common college age exploration of agnosticism and atheism, then became active in Zen Buddhist meditation. My readings in Buddhism gave me a new, more hopeful perspective on Jesus and Christianity. Subsequently I came to recognize Jesus as the one who reconciles me to God, and the church as the living Body of Christ in the world. This experience of radical grace came through the Lutheran Church, and through many encounters with pastors, family and friends who live an active Christian lives. My goal is to see Shepherd of the Hills continue as an oasis of learning, peace, grace, and service. It is important to me that our church brings into loving community those who don’t think there is a place for them in Christianity. The verse of scripture I quote most often is John 3:17, “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

I have a daughter, son-in-law, and three granddaughters. I am currently struggling to learn basic Spanish, and my hobbies include boats, old cars, running, science fiction and home repair. If you have more questions about me, feel free to come ask them in person!