Born to a working class family. Parents divorced when I was 10 years. The influence of "saintly" grandmothers shaped by future. I attended at least 7 schools in 3 states before the end of the 5th grade. I was headed for disaster and were it not for a principal and our High School Jr. ROTC, I likely would have dropped out of school. I enlisted in the Navy within a week for turning 18, my family was to poor to send me to college. I earned a NROTC scholarship and attended UW-Madison for a year before resigning for religious convictions. After finishing Navy enlistment contract, I attended College. For a year after graduation, I served as the associate chaplain. I attended seminary for a quarter before leaving. Overwhelmed with debt, entered the Army (ironic right) . I married a college friend and had our son before being discharged 3 years later. While serving, I earned the Army Achievement Medal. I attended graduate school, worked as a social worker and educator for a few years before returning to get my second master's degree. During those years we had our two daughters. Throughout most of my adult life I have been a lay preacher and bible teacher. I remain married to my wife, and we have two beautiful granddaughters. God has been more faithful to me than I have been to Him, and He has blessed me beyond all measure.