I was born and raised in Neenah as the oldest of five children whose parents were married for 54+ years. We attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church weekly, where I was placed in multiple leadership roles in the youth Luther League program. During my high school years, I participated in multiple sports and attended Boys Brigade.
Upon high school graduation, I attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis where I received a Bachelor's degree in sociology and social work. During these years a philosophy class lead me to believe that there was "head knowledge/reason" to support that God did exist or that God did not exist and it weakened my faith.
Upon college graduation, I returned to Neenah and began working at the YMCA where I met Linda Lea Gibson (a devout, born-again Christian), who attended Calvary Bible Church. During many dates that followed we debated/argued the authenticity of the Bible. When Linda returned to UW-Milwaukee, I visited her on 09/21/69 and Linda read from 2 Timothy 3:16-17. After reading it, she asked me if I believed those verses to be the TRUTH or not. I chose to believe that "All Scripture is God-breathed...." and we prayed for my salvation and I became a born-again believer.
We were married at Calvary and have attended CBC together until Our Father God called her to heaven in 2018. We were both baptized in the Neenah Recreation Pool by Pastor Lenox Palin and Linda lead each of our three boys to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I believe God has given me the spiritual gift of "acts of service". Over the past 53 years, I have served in the following ministries at Calvary Bible Church: C-Team, SWAT (Students With A Ministry), Europe-Asia Missions team, DivorceCare, and GriefShare.