I was incarcerated from the age of 18 to the age of 50. Shortly after my arrest, on November 7, 1982, I came to Christ, and by His Grace I was able to serve Him inside for 32 years. I entered prison as a High School drop-out, an alcoholic/drug addict, and in violation of every commandment of God. While Inside I completed my Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, and Biblical studies certification from Patten University. More importantly, it was in this fiery furnace that I learned to love God and love people, and to do ministry even in the most contrary circumstances. Before my release and a significant part of why I am free, I completed 5 CR step-studies including thorough inventories and sharing with my sponsor. After my release I immediately began attending Church and Celebrate Recovery which greatly aided my transition and restoration to society.
I am now married to my wonderful wife Susan. I am the Pastor for CR Inside at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and honored to serve as the CR Inside National Director. I am working on my Master’s degree with a focus on counseling. It may seem strange to some people, but it is easy for me to go back inside to share my testimony and serve inmates. I am very grateful to give back what so many prison volunteers invested into me for 32 years. As you can imagine I Love the Beach! And one of my favorite pass-times is simply filling up the tank and driving – anywhere!