Greetings to you as I look forward to serving as your part-time Bridge Interim Pastor. I am a retired ELCA clergy currently serving the Delaware Maryland Synod as both an interim and supply pastor. I have been ordained for 55 years.
Growing up in Western PA and graduation from Ford City High School, my undergraduate B. A. degree in History from Indiana Statue University of Pennsylvania, 1963; with a Master of Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, 1967. I have had additional studies at Bethel Theological School in Bielefeld Germany. I have served four congregations in the Delaware Maryland Synod during my full-time years: St. Stephen, Wilmington, DE, Second English, Baltimore City, St. Stephen in Silver Spring, and St. John Brooklyn, MD with the congregation and their Christian Day School. Several important seminars have included three weeks at St. Andrews in Scotland, studies at the Alban Institute, and worship seminars in Chicago.
Upon leaving full-time parish ministry, I served in eight Interim Ministry parishes, supervising three interns. I continue to serve on the Global Mission Task Force assigned to Estonia since 1994 and formerly served as Dean of the Baltimore South (LCA) Conference; Church Vocations committee and the Worship and Music Task Force during the introduction of the Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW hymnal) in 1979. My Call to Ministry came during my work with the Lutheran Campus Ministry both locally and nationally. The reading of Saint Paul's Letters (Apostle Paul) greatly influenced my final decision.
Hobbies enjoyed are travel, reading, classical music, jazz and playing tennis and taking long walks. Married in 1978, my wife Carol and I currently help with Campus Ministry projects, the Global Mission work in Estonia and serving on the Nation Lutheran Communities and Service Board.