Both my wife Sherryl and I have a heart for pastors and pastors’ wives. We’ve taught hundreds of pastors and their wives in the United States, Canada, Nicaragua, Columbia, and Mexico.
I earned an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I just began another masters degree in neuroleadership. I’m also an avid Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket fan.
I’ve been professionally trained in these areas by these organizations:
- Life Coaching through the Professional Christian Coaching Institute
- Strategic Planning through Ministry Advantage (certified)
- Vision Clarity through the Church Unique Process (certified)
- Conflict Management through Peacemakers
My latest book, published in May 2010, 5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them focuses on how to overcome pastoral burnout, frustration, and depression so that we pastors are able to fully serve Christ, our families, and our churches. Using previously unpublished, commissioned research from the Barna Group, LifeWay and Christianity Today, I use my thirty years in the ministry to identify five potent killers in pastors’ lives and show how to defeat them to regain the hope and enthusiasm we once had for ministry. You can see the video trailer on the resources page. This book garnered the 2012 Writer of the Year Award at the Write-to-Publish Conference held at Wheaton College.
I'm currently writing my third book to be published by Inter-Varsity Press in January of 2014, People Pleasing Pastors: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Approval Motivated Leadership. It will unpack how pastors can get addicted to people pleasing and approval addiction in the church. It will be based on Scripture with application from neuroscience and Bowen Family Systems.
My first book, Daughters Gone Wild-Dads Gone Crazy, co-authored with my daughter Heather, was featured on the Dr. Laura Show as a feature book. We both appeared in a two-part series on Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson and our interview garnered a top-ten broadcast rating and was aired again. The interview was also replayed on James Dobson’s new program, FamilyTalk. The book earned the Writer of the Year Award at the Write-to-Publish Conference held at Wheaton College in 2007. Over 25 of my articles have appeared in leading ministry and parenting magazines.
I love to fish, ride my recumbent bike, and go to the movies with Sherryl, my wife of 33 years (I always gets the jumbo bag of popcorn with a free refill).
Two canines make their home with us in Spring Grove, Illinois.
My wife and I have three grown children; Heather, age 30, who is married to Charlie, Joshua, age 29 who is married to Deborah, and Tiffany, age 26 who lives at home.