About me, what do you want to know about me? Well I am excruciatingly handsome with an exquisitely fine tuned body, a brilliant mind, extremely talented and very humble. I’m also ….um….prone to exaggerating or maybe even flat out lying. OK the truth and nothing but the truth. I am 59 and have been married to Terrie for 36 years and in case you are wondering, yes I married up way up. Terrie is beautiful, smart, fun, thoughtful, giving, spiritually deep, faithful, patient, and that just starts the list of her attributes. The only thing you may say she lacks is good judgment, after all I tricked he into marrying me. Terrie is an RN involved in clinical research. I have 3 great kids. My son Devin is 32 and married to Julie, who is a fantastic addition to our clan. They live in Charlotte but right now they are living in Hong Kong for a season as Devin has a temporary assignment, I know cool. She is in sales and he works for Bank of America. So far I have not be able to talk the bank into canceling my mortgage because my son works for them. I have twin daughters Abby and Megan who are 30 and both public school teachers (we are all big fans of Christians being involved in the public school system). Abby is married to Eric (who is awesome) lives in Denver and teaches 4th grade. Megan lives here in the San Diego area and teaches high school and is head coach of the girl’s varsity basketball team at her school. My kids are awesome; they are fun, solid, smart, dedicated, very relational and yes they take after their mom.
For the past 34 years I have been involved at Youth Specialties. My time at YS ended when I was let go July of 2009 , I thought. It is a long story chronicled in several of my post. I was rehired in January 2010 and now in May of 2011 I am leaving to become the Executive Pastor of Journey Community Church in La Mesa (see “The Wild World of YS , Take Four” post. What an amazing ride it has been. I moved to San Diego from Seattle where I was working at Seattle Pacific University. I came in as a wild 25 year old knucklehead. I’m still a knucklehead just an older one. Never in my wildest dreams did I think God would allow me to serve students, youth workers and the church at YS for 34 years. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all I learned, how I have grown, for how fortunate I have been to lead and work with an amazing group of people, the people whom I have met all over the country who have influenced my faith and life, the experiences I’ve had ….the whole thing has just been freaking awesome. I was able to develop my leadership abilities, business skills and ministry gifts in ways I could have never imagined. I will always be indebted to Wayne Rice and Mike Yaconelli for taking a chance on a young inexperienced maverick. As Yac was so fond of saying What a Ride!
So now I get to start a new adventure. Becoming a rookie pastor at 59, go figure.
Some other “About” things: I love cooking, eating, the mountains, the beach, good wine, friends, talking and sometime listening, reading, movies, travel, dive restaurants , playing games and cards, the Chargers and even though they suck the Padres.