I am married (nearly 40 years) to my wife Mary with whom I have two daughters and four grandchildren. I grew up in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and after college began a 19-year career in banking. During this time, however, my abuse of alcohol became problematic to the point it nearly ruined our marriage. In seeking help through AA, I was confronted with reconciling whether “God as I understand Him” was the God of the Bible I had learned about while attending the Lutheran Church as a child. This led to my coming to believe in and accept Jesus as my Savior, and the life change that saved my marriage and a decision to serve Him in my life. In my late ’30s, my increasing disillusionment with my banking career along with my desire to use my experiences to help others led to me pursuing my Master’s in Divinity from Phoenix Seminary, and later a Master’s in Social Work from ASU. Since 1995, I have had the privilege of serving as an elder and pastor at two churches as well as worked as a licensed therapist since 2014.

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