I am writing this book for clergy and interested lay people who have had their issues and struggles with St. Paul. It’s my story as well.
I came this book in my retirement, but was blessed while doing most of the research to be an active interim pastor in a number of churches. The people in those communities of faith in Palm Desert and Pacific Palisades (California) and in Nisswa Minnesota all knew I was working on this book. I finally retired from active ministry a couple of years ago, and this has given me the time needed to write.
Ordained in 1967
I attended Hobart College and graduated with the degree in Sociology in 1964. I went off to Bexley Hall Seminary in Gambier, Ohio (also home to Kenyon College.) Ordained in 1967, I served as a curate for two years as St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. By then Caroline and I who were married while still in college had three small children, when we headed off to Lincoln Nebraska. I began work on a Master’s Degree in Sociology, while also doing part-time ministry work, and teaching at the University of Nebraska. Three years later, while still working on that degree I became a full-time associate at All Saint’s Church in Omaha. (Soon after, I felt truly called once more to active ministry and left the degree work behind.)
In June of 1975 our family (now with four kids) moved to Minneapolis, where I was called as Rector of St. Luke’s. We had a great eleven years there. My next call was to plant a new congregation for the Diocese of Minnesota in a growing suburb of the Twin cities: Eagan. We started with one family, and fourteen years later had our own church with average Sunday attendance of 325. Now in my late 50s and I was ready for other adventures, and that meant doing intentional interim ministry work. When I finally retired at the age of 75 I been an interim rector seven times, and an Interim Senior Pastor, at my last parish (The Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, MN).
My wife Caroline and I have four grown children, and ten grandchildren.