University of Illinois: 1966-1970, B.S. in marketing
The Navigators: 2 years in college ministry and later 2 1/2 years in military ministry
U.S. Navy: August 1970 - November 1972
Dallas Theological Seminary: 1973-1977 and 1980-1986, Th.M. and D.Min. degrees, major in Greek and minor in Hebrew
McFarlane Road Bible Church / Grace Bible Church: Senior Pastor 1977 - 2015 / Pastor Emeritus 2016 - Present
I trusted Christ as my Savior May 13, 1968, in my dorm room at the University of Illinois. Don Clark, a Navigator, presented the gospel to me. I believed, and Don began to disciple me. I was baptized by immersion in the Twin Cities Bible Church in Urbana, Illinois.
In July of 1972, my ship was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea for a six-month cruise. While in the "Med," I was reading J. Dwight Pentecost's Things to Come. I was not that familiar with Dallas Seminary, but my interest in prophecy spurred me on. As I saw how this dear man handled the Word of God, my heart was again drawn toward more in-depth training and pastoral ministry.
As soon as I got home to Rockford, I applied at Dallas Seminary. I did not apply anywhere else. I knew that the school had a reputation for a strenuous education in the biblical languages. That's what I wanted, so that's where I applied. Thank God I was accepted!