Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
I had the good fortune to meet the love of my life, Jo Marie, while in college. After 48+ years, we have been blessed with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
I graduated from Dallas Baptist College (now Dallas Baptist University) with a double major in Theology and Psychology. I served as youth minister and as assistant pastor in a couple of churches in and around Dallas while in college. About half way through college, I realized that full time ministry was not really my calling. I came to understand that God had called me to be a full time Christian, which did not necessarily mean a full time vocation. I have been, and continued to be honored that God has used me to reach people in ways that are likely not possible for full time pastors. And I remain open to His leading today.
All the preparation and training I had in public speaking, theater, theology and psychology, and eventually voice lessons have stood me in good stead over the years. It has opened the door to many opportunities to teach and minister to those around me.
Half my working career was spent as a salesman, sales manager, and executive for a couple of Fortune 500 companies, including a stint with ADP working out of their national headquarters in New Jersey as a National Sales Manager for their accounting software and systems. Considering how much we love Texas it was a challenging experience that guarranteed we will probably live in Texas forever.*
The remainder of my career, was spent in the business world, as well as an IT Specialist, Trainer, and project manager working for the Federal Court System. It was smooth and natural evolution of my career selling IT systems to training and supporting them.
Since my "retirement," I have continued to work part-time helping friends with computer problems, working part-time as an IT person, as well as designing and managing web sites, and singing ... a lot! I have also continued my voice acting career doing both volunter and professional narration. P.S - I am availble for any type of public speaking, or narration project.
Today I love singing, playing golf, public speaking, narration, woodworking, and fishing when not chasing grandkids or fulfilling my wife's honey-do list.
*High taxes, cold weather, terrible traffic, high cost of living, and lack of open spaces made it a challenging 4 years for us. We were glad to get back to Texas.
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