President and Professor of Pastoral Ministry
Having served as a local church pastor for 25 years, and a district superintendent for 12 years, I have a passion for and deep commitment to the life and work of parish ministry. The church at its best lives and serves together under the lordship of Jesus in ways that the congregation’s life becomes a living and observable paradigm of the reign of God in Christ Jesus.
This passion led me toward the Seminary as a pastor, superintendent, instructor, professor, and now as president because I believe that what we do in helping to shape ministers of the gospel for the church should impact positively what happens in local churches all over the world every week.
My great joy is time spent with my wife, four children and their spouses, and six grandchildren. I love baseball (Chicago Cubs), music (especially big band jazz), and ice cream.
Preaching Holiness: Pastoral Considerations, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, (Forthcoming)
These Forty Days: A Lenten Devotional Guide, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2015
Thinking, Listening, Being: A Wesleyan Pastoral Theology, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2014
What’s A Pastor to Do? The Good and Difficult Work of Ministry, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2004
Contributor to Beacon Hill Press publications: Holiness 101 (2003), Dirty Hands, Pure Hearts (2006), Ashes to Fire Year A (2010), Ashes to Fire Year B (2011), Ashes to Fire Year C (2012), Square Peg: Why Wesleyans Aren’t Fundamentalists (2012), Conversations in Holiness (2013), Pastoral Practices: A Wesleyan Paradigm (2013), Essential Church: A Wesleyan Ecclesiology (2014), Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus: Advent Devotional (2017)
Contributor to Point Loma Press Publication, Relational Theology (2012)
Editor, Preacher’s Magazine, Church of the Nazarene,1999 to 2007
Editor, The Communicator, Nazarene Publishing House,1998 to 2005
Various articles in Herald of Holiness, Holiness Today, Grace & Peace denominational magazines.
“A Holy Church,” presentation to 2002 Global Theology Conference, Guatemala City, Guatemala.
EdD, Olivet Nazarene University
MA, Olivet Nazarene University
BA, Northwest Nazarene University
Wesleyan Theological Society
Pastoral theology and practice, church leadership
Church Leadership in Contemporary Contexts
Preaching Through the Church Year
Core Relationships for Christian Ministry
Ecclesial Ministry in the Wesleyan Spirit
Elder, Church of the Nazarene
Local Church Involvement
Shawnee, KS Church of the Nazarene