Home of Wheaton Bible Church's Quarterly Magazine
How long have you been a member of Wheaton Bible Church?
Lori and I moved to this area in 1985, and even before arriving, we had heard wonderful things about Wheaton Bible Church. We visited WBC and several other churches in the area, quickly concluding that this was the right church home for us. We have worshipped here continuously since 1985, and we have raised our three children here.
Describe the ways you have been involved in the life of the church.
I have had the pleasure of being involved in a variety of ministries. I served as an usher with Al Lissey, Chuck Gerber, and numerous others a generation ahead of my own, who quickly took an interest in me and made me feel warmly welcomed. Lori and I attended the Koinonia Adult Class for many years, and I held a variety of leadership positions. Also, I have taught both children’s and adult classes. Prior to my current involvement on the Board of Elders, I served two terms several years ago and also was a member of the Stewardship Committee.
One of the greatest blessings to me personally was the opportunity to serve on the Share the Light Campaign that focused on giving to purchase the land for our campus relocation. It was exciting to witness firsthand how God raised resources through our people to provide not only a wonderful home for our church family but a wonderful base of operations for our various local and global ministry efforts.
Tell us a little about growing up.
I grew up in Charleston, a rural town in downstate Illinois. My father was a professor at Eastern Illinois University, and Mom was a full-time, stay-at-home mother, doing her best to keep track of my brother, my sister, and me. Mom and Dad have been faithful Christ followers their entire lives, and they raised us in the loving warmth of a caring Christian home.
What has being a part of Wheaton Bible Church meant to you and your family?
This is a difficult question to answer briefly. Lori and I have both experienced tremendous spiritual growth through WBC, and the church has been a terrific partner with us in raising our three children to follow Christ.
What is a favorite Bible verse, and what does it mean to you personally?
Over time I have come to appreciate greatly the richness of Hebrews 12:1–2:
Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The pastor of the small church Lori and I attended early in our marriage used these verses every week as a benediction. The verse speaks of running the race of our spiritual lives with endurance and of looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, while we run. Through the years this verse has inspired me as I have come to appreciate all the more the fact that the Christian life is much like a race, a race with many highs and lows, but which we can run well if we keep our eyes on Jesus.
How long have you been an Elder?
I served as an Elder for six years in the past and just finished the first year of my current three-year term.
What is it like to be an Elder? How does your Elder experience relate to your relationship with God?
Being an Elder has made me appreciate our church all the more. It is a body of believers that has remained faithful to the Bible through the years, with a single focus of furthering Christ’s Kingdom, both locally and throughout the world. Our staff continuously impresses me as highly energetic and deeply committed. I am truly thankful for our staff.
What would you say if you could speak directly to the congregation about our church’s direction, ministries, and health?
One of the great things about our church today is the breadth and depth of our ministry platform. We have many ministries designed to reach different peoples in a variety of situations. As an Elder, I at times find it difficult to keep track of all that is occurring in our church, and I am exceedingly grateful for that challenge. The existence of that challenge is a testament to the fact that we are aggressive in identifying needs, developing ministries to address those needs, and then giving life to those ministries. And the wonderful result is the number of lives positively affected, not only in our local church body but also around the world.