I was born in Pittsburgh, Pa, (still bleed Black and Gold),the third of four children. Our family moved to Southern California when I was three years of age. My Dad was a great influence in my life. He coached me with all the sports in which I became involved. But when my parents divorced and my Dad left our home, my world was rocked.
I had been raised in the Catholic Church, but strayed from the faith being quite angry with God. By the age of 12, I had turned my back on Him. I started doing some drugs and seeking friends in all the wrong places. At the age of 18 I was living on my own becoming more involved with drugs and alcohol. In this dark and searching season, I met my wife to be. Once she became pregnant, she started to try to bring her life back into some order and harmony. We moved to Tuolumne County so that we could be near family. But drugs and alcohol followed me here. Our marriage and our finances were not faring well and I looked at my life as a major failure.
Then God stepped in. We kept having random encounters with people from Chapel in the Pines. Invitations to attend Chapel came our way. I was hesitant at first. I began to visit a church in the home. A good job opportunity opened for me. I prayed that if I got this job I would serve Him the rest of my life. Jesus proved Himself both good and faithful. I got the job and worked as a Bread Man for over 30 years. I am happy to say that my wife and I have been married for 34 years and have brought 8 children into the world.
I’ve pretty much done a bit of everything around Chapel – from laboring at practical work days to some teaching; from leading a church in the home to from ushering; from heading up the men’s group to leading camping excursions ; from being the Captain of Chapel men and coed softball teams to serving in the capacity of an elder for well over 20 years.
My heart is all about helping people and see them grow into what God has designed for their lives. If you have any questions about “family life” at Chapel, please feel free to contact me. I would love to meet with you. Full disclosure: I ‘m not an email guy and prefer just meeting someone face to face on a Sunday morning. I’m always around and easy to be found. I hope to welcome and meet you one day soon.