About Me

I'm sure about a few things and insatiably curious about a million others. A natural skeptic, I struggled deeply with faith in my late teens and early 20s, emerging with a confidence in Jesus and the historic Christian faith. After finishing my Psychology studies at Virginia Tech and marrying my high school sweetheart, Norma Jean, I began to pursue ministry: a theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, 1-1/2 years serving the church in Eastern Europe, and then I joined the staff of Jacksonville Chapel in northeast New Jersey--where I've served since 1996. After 25 years of marriage, four great kids, and over 20 years of ministry experience, I have even greater certainty about Jesus...and more unanswered questions than ever. I have become a voracious reader and a careful listener--continually humbled by how much I don't know, while consistently amazed at how a Christ-centered world view gives coherence and meaning to life. I'm excited about where our church is headed--we're blessed with more than our fair share of wise, mature people who are increasingly captivated with the gospel...and we're beginning to find our unique voice in God's kingdom--a voice that engages people and issues with both humility and hope.  I'm honored to be part of that voice, and I hope this blog can help me, and us, continue becoming what God is calling us to be.