I have been a full-time pastor since 1983. I am married with four children. My wife’s name is Julie. I finished my seminary degree at Yale Divinity School. I love ministry and the joy it brings to my life. I enjoy visiting people in the church either in homes or in my office. I am pretty much an open book with a positive outlook on ministry.
Since I unofficially retired in 2017, I have served 5 churches in various stages of transition. I have been told that I bring a sense of peace where there have been troubled waters.
I have also volunteered in the field of disaster response for the last 18 years, starting with Hurricane Katrina as I was serving a church when it happened in New Orleans, LA. I’ve deployed as a chaplain many times around the country, as well as across the state of Massachusetts through the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. I usually do that during my vacation time.
In addition, for the past eight years, I have been teaching across the United States for the National Disaster Interfaiths Network, for many NGOs (Non-Government Organizations), and FEMA. The subject matter is mostly around being a disaster chaplain and understanding how high stress and trauma can affect us.
My official office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from about 9:30 to noon. I plan to do pastoral visiting in the afternoon. I am available on Monday and Wednesday upon request. I plan to take Friday and Saturday off each week.
My contract is for at least a year and I begin preaching this Sunday (9/16.) I will be talking about the role of doubt in our faith journey.