Pastor. Teacher. Veteran.
Rangers & Cowboys. Bowling. Crossword.
I'm a third-vocation Lutheran pastor here in the Rio Grande Valley. I grew up, mostly, in Texas. I've been following the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys since I was a kid. I joined the United States Navy right out of high school, served 20 years and retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. I met a sailor from Michigan in 1985 in Japan and married her. Our common denominator at the time was the Russian language. I was a high school ESL, English, and Russian teacher, as well as a high school bowling coach, prior to moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to finish my pastoral training at Concordia Theological Seminary. I'm an amateur birder, a fan of old movies, and working the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday NY Times crossword puzzles helps to keep me less senile.
Husband. Father. Brother.
Texas. Kinfolk. Russian.
Texas will always be our home. We have family in the northeast part of the state. My wife and I have traveled the world together; my last trip abroad was to Russia. We were married in Japan. Our first daughter was born in Spain, our second in California. I was baptized Presbyterian, and so followed my wife and kids into the Lutheran church. I'm grateful to God for a loving family growing up (one brother, one sister) through the bumps, bruises, and turbulence of addiction-- we are all still a work in progress. Family connections are very important to me. I got into genealogy in 1989 and have since learned that, while we both have German surnames, my wife is 68% English and I'm 35% Irish, and both sides of our daughters' lines run through an amalgam of church affiliations, among them Lutheran. We have a pastor friend from Moscow who is still considered one of the family. As a vicar (pastor intern) I was active in Russian-speaking outreach ministry. I'm also interested in Spanish-speaking outreach, I just don't know enough Spanish. Todavía.