Ministry Vitae

Education & Training

Undergraduate Degrees:  Ball State University
Graduate Work:  Liberty Theological Seminary, International School of Theology
Speaker Training by FamilyLife/Campus Crusade for Christ

Work Experience

1975 – 1991 Served in Local Churches as an Associate Pastor
                   (Youth, Worship, Young Married Adults)

1991 – 2001 FamilyLife/Campus Crusade for Christ

  • Developed and presented a Marriage and Family Ministry Workshop for Group Publishing and FamilyLife
  • Developed “Improving Communication in Your Marriage” seminar then presented it for ten years and trained other presenters
  • Oversaw the Nearly/Newly-Wed ministry for Fellowship Bible Church.  Worked with over 300 pre-married couples, trained mentors and reproduced this model in cities across the country.
  • Worked with Governor Mike Huckabee and his staff to bring into effect the Covenant of Marriage Act in Arkansas
  • Oversaw the creation of the Marriage and Family Ministry church survey.  This tool was used in hundreds of churches to help them develop a strategic plan to enhance their family ministry.  Over 100,000 couples and families completed the survey
  • Speaker for SMART Marriages National ConferenceŸ
  • Created and led "Marriage and Family Workshops" around the country for Group Publishing 

2001 – 2008 Served as Teaching Pastor in northwest Indiana

  • Continued to present Marriage Seminars in addition to fulfilling the role of pastor for this new church
  • Served on the board to bring covenant marriage to northwest Indiana as well as trained pre-married mentors and crisis marriage mentors in dozens of churches.

2008 – 2011 Military Marriage Ministry in southeast Virginia

  • Developed the “Making Your Marriage Deployment Ready” seminar and presented it on military bases.
  • Also presented “Improving Communication in Your Marriage” seminar for several military installations.

2011 – Present  Marriage in the Raw

  • Founded a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping churches grow their marriage ministry, presenting marriage seminars, training pre-married coaches, equipping pre-married couples and helping couples improve their relationship or, if in crisis, get their marriage back on track.