Hi! I’m a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens, Long Island. After graduating from college in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and seminary in St. Louis, I came to Oakland County, Michigan – and never left! I’ve served churches in Farmington, Novi and Royal Oak, been a part-time hospital chaplain at Oakwood in Dearborn and a police chaplain in both Novi and Royal Oak. I’ve also done some work with our Southeast Michigan Synod (group of congregations) over the years. After 43 years of full-time ministry, I retired in 2015 and since then, I’ve been working part-time with the folks at Shepherd’s Way in South Lyon. Coming together with Hope is a bit like coming full circle – I team-taught confirmation classes here with Pastor Vic back in the ‘70’s. I’ve been married to Deana since 1973 – she’s from Iowa, and we met and married in Farmington, where we were both working in the same congregation. We have two married sons and a two-year-old granddaughter who keeps us young! We’ve lived in Novi since 1977, and currently share our home with a dog and two cats who take turns making our lives interesting. We love to travel – I’ve visited 48 of the 50 states, and look forward to seeing Alaska and Hawaii some day.
Most Embarrassing Moment: When I was younger, my sermons were a bit longer than they are today. After going on at some length one Sunday, a little voice from the rear of the church – my young son – called out, “Amen, Daddy, Amen!” I have a feeling that the rest of the congregation was in agreement.
Favorite Bible verse: These days, it’s Romans 12:21 – “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.