I am the eldest of five children, all of us raised in church. Our dad was the music leader for every church we attended and our mom was the religious education director. Their choice was Fundamentalist Baptist, a view of Christianity that leans heavily toward learning and keeping a compendium of rules for proper behavior and proper worship. all other Christian churches were suspect and we were warned away from them. I graduated from the University of Houston in 1973 with a B.A. in history. I graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1976 with a MDIV.. My. wife, Elizabeth, received a B.S. in nursing from Texas Christian University in 1977. In 1980, still seeking a mode of Christian service, we accepted a position as house parents for semi-delinquent teenage boys at Presbyterian Children's Home in Itasca, Texas. It was a wonderful and difficult 3 years. Still seeking a mode of Christian service in ministry, I accepted a position at Hendrick Medical center in Abilene, Texas, as a student in chaplaincy ministry, receiving a C.P.E. Certification in 1984 and entry as a Fellow in the College of Chaplains after a verbal review in 1991.
In 1985, I began 15 years of ministry as chaplain at the Abilene State School, now named Abilene State Assisted Living Center. It housed 2300 people with varying degrees of intellectual and/or physical limitations. Beginning in 1997, I returned to Hendrick Medical Center as a part-time chaplain and beginning in 2002, I started as a case manager for people in independently-owned assisted living centers. I have learned that faith and religion are dissimilar. I have learned that the Bible is not translatable with scientific precision. I have learned that God is dynamic and seeks to express Himself in us. Equally, the characters in the Bible are all just like me and like the people I have known all my life. none of us are righteous and all of us depend on the grace and promises of God to fill us with Himself. I continue as a chaplain and social worker and as an occasional preacher and writer.