I grew up in Upper State New York. I’m married to Sallie and have six children. Maybe that explains why I enjoy going to auctions in search of antique early American art! My favorite sport as a kid was baseball and I was good enough to play it at Northwest College in Orange City, Iowa. I continued my education at Gordon Conwell Seminary and, after serving as a youth pastor and pastor of a college-focused church in Iowa, planted Peace Church in Frankfort, IL. In 1995 I left 25 years of pastoral ministry to pursue a doctorate degree in counseling. My desire was to help leaders not simply survive but thrive in the challenges of ministry. I founded CrossPoint ministry and for 15 years have focused on spiritual formation in the lives of leaders. After working with hundreds of leaders I am more convinced than ever that the most important thing any of us bring to life and ministry is our transformed and transforming presence.