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Pastor, United Church of Christ in Bayberry, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, LeMoyne College


I answered a call to ministry in 1982, entered seminary after I graduated from college in 1984, and stayed in school until I had completed my Ph.D. at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. I've been in local church ministry since 1980, and have been a pastor since 1988, serving churches in Kentucky and New York. I was first ordained as a Southern Baptist, and since 1995 have served in the United Church of Christ. I have been pastor of the United Church of Christ in Bayberry, Liverpool, New York, since joining the UCC.

I have also been teaching in the religious studies department at LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York, since 1994. I was the founder and first dean of the New York School of Ministry (NYSOM), a ministry training program sponsored by the New York Conference of the UCC. I still teach in this program. In addition, I am a part-time spiritual director on the staff of the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse.

My wife Martha and I have been married since 1983. Together, we raised three boys who are now grown and making their marks in the world.