About

I grew up in rural Missouri and found Jesus when I was 15. That set a trajectory that led through a theological education (Masters of Divinity from Emory University) and on to ministry as an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. I recently retired as Senior Pastor of the 3200 member Manchester UMC in St. Louis.

My understanding of faith has changed dramatically over the decades. The flow of life made it happen. Getting married. Raising a family. Becoming involved in the lives of countless parishioners, in both their lows and highs.

I have also worked to deepen and expand faith through writing. My credits include: “Job” in the Abingdon Basic Bible Commentary series; Pitfalls and Promises of Pastoring, published by Exodus Press; youth and adult study curriculum for the United Methodist Publishing House; and contributions to The Upper Room, a United Methodist devotional. Additionally, I write a regular Faith Perspectives column for the St.Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.

The material you’ll find on this website contains my latest reflections. Addressing Atheism: Is Authentic Faith Possible? is a brief book forming the basis for exploring the relevancy of faith today. When you have the faith to question, you may find that it opens yourself to seeing old things in new ways.

Such as Jesus.

Funny how he’s changed over the years.

Or was it me?