I have been in pastoral ministry for 21 years. Prior to working as a pastor, I spent 14 years in campus ministry with Cru and served as a ruling and then teaching elder in my local church. I also serve on the board of the International WAGR Syndrome Association (an NPO addressing an ultra-rare disease).
I am drawn to working with pastors because I believe that pastors need relationships with people outside of their church who can come alongside them and listen reflectively in order to encourage, challenge, and provide helpful insight. I want pastors to feel that they've been heard, to realize they are neither crazy nor alone, and to come away with a sense of hope and a plan for progress. I think I’m particularly well equipped to help in areas of sermon development and delivery, dealing with pain and suffering, problem solving and resourcing, and gospel renewal for pastors.
I have two grown kids (one who is legally blind and a survivor of childhood cancer), a wife of 27 years, and a lab-to-leash beagle rescue (ask me about "The Gospel According to a Beagle"). I'm an avid sports fan (Gamecocks, Red Sox, and Celtics in particular) and enjoy word games and pop music trivia.
Some books that I have found insightful and helpful:
He Gave Us Stories by Richard Pratt (literary analysis)
The Grasshopper Myth by Karl Vaters ("success" in ministry)
Disappointment with God by Phillip Yancey (faith, suffering, and the dark night of the soul)