In a former life, I was a Harley ridin’ machinist who was having a pretty good time with life. Not that I’m not having fun now, but things sure were different then.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I found nothing wrong with the rust-belt and figured that was the place I would live out my days. God, as I have come to understand Him, had different plans for me.
After 30 years of a relatively good life (for the most part), I found myself leaving my seat in the nosebleeds of the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium and responding to a call by Billy Graham to come and die. That message was implied, as I came to find out, knowing now that many people don’t respond to an offer like that. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” That was June 1994.
Sensing a call to the ministry, after 7 years in a small Southern Baptist Church, I turned my car south on I-71 and headed to Louisville, KY. It was then that I wondered if Hee Haw was a depiction of real life south of the Ohio River.
I, like many before me, went to work at UPS from midnight to 4am to put myself through school. Exhausted, I graduated from Boyce Bible College then from Southern Seminary, both of which are in Louisville, KY.
Throughout this amazing journey, I have accumulated 2 degrees, 1 wife, 2 daughters, 1 cat, and a group of friends I never would have had the privilege of knowing had I never left Cleveland. God has truly been good to me and I can honestly say that I like my life.