I used to describe myself as a "died in the t-shirt" Californian having been raised there until the ripe age of 27. After attending the University of Redlands/Johnston College and receiving a BA in Community Development and Organization, I worked in a variety of social service agencies. These included outreach efforts through churches in poor neighborhoods and ethnic neighborhoods.
I found that working for governmental agencies or working as a case worker was a very tough road. I also found that there was a great deal that could be done through the church. My experience as a pastor's kid taught me that the church, while also imperfect , could be a wonderful and transformational community within and beyond it's walls.
A friend suggested seminary. "In fact, why not try the urban environs of Chicago?" I went to McCormick Theological Seminary in Hyde Park in the Fall of 1979 and graduated with my Masters of Divinity in 1982. Along the way, love happened and Clinton and I were married in the summer of 1982.
The rest is history. We have two married children and one granddaughter who all live near us. Clinton and I have worked together and in separate churches in the years since we met .
Oddly enough the boy who grew up in the East and married the girl who grew up in the West and met "in the middle" , have become "died in the wool" Midwesterners.
We love the Chicago area and our 14 years at Knox as co-pastors. Knox is a wonderful and transformational community---