A Little of My Story
I was born in Philadelphia in 1957 (guys don’t care if you know their age) to a mostly blue-collar, hard-working Irish family. My Dad was the first person on either side of the family to earn a college degree. It took him nine years, working during the day, going to college at night, using the GI Bill from his war days in Korea. In the mid-sixties, General Electric hired him as an engineer for the Apollo space program. We packed up and moved to Florida, which is really where I grew up.
I spent my childhood years playing basketball and surfing. We attended church every Sunday, but I never clearly understood the gospel until my senior year in high school. In that year, my entire family came to know the Lord. In the spring of that same year, I met the woman who would become the love of my life, Cindi. We dated for a brief period, but I knew my search was over. I asked her to marry me and, to my great surprise, she said yes. We were married near the end of 1976.
During a retreat a year later, I experienced a call to pastoral ministry. I began studying and preparing for the next several years. In 1985, I was ordained as a pastor and served in the same church for 25 years, until I retired from ministry in August 2010. In 1984, our daughter Rebekah was born. Six years later, our son Isaac. Both are now grown and married (we already have our first grandson, little Caden). I’ll always be their Dad, but now we’re also good friends.
And for the last several years (and hopefully many more to come) I get to do something else I love to do…write books. I began writing fulltime in 2010. I have five novels out with Revell and a 6th will release in September.
Revell has signed me to write 2 books a year for them through 2013, including a 4-book fiction series with bestselling author and relationship expert, Dr. Gary Smalley.
News On the Homefront
Our son, Isaac, was married to his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They live in the Daytona Beach area, only 10 minutes away. Stephanie is a school teacher and Isaac works as a Pharmacy tech at Publix.