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Two Things You Need To Know About Me

Before you and I move ahead in our relationship, there are two important things you need to know about me. 

There have been two unexpected turns in my life that have influenced me, more that anything else, on who I am today and what I have to offer you.

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The Loss of My First Wife

This first event was the loss of my late wife. On a routine trip to a women’s bible study, my wife of twenty-five years was killed in a car accident. At the time of the accident, I was forty-seven, the father of two adult children, and the pastor of a large and growing congregation. The sudden loss of my late wife has motivated me – more than anything else – to live my life with purpose and to help others do the same. You can read the full story of my late wife's passing and how I navigated through this season through my book Unexpected: Navigating Life's Unforeseen Turns <----- CLICK HERE

The Loss of a Major Ministry

The second event was the erosion and eventual implosion of a large church I lead. 9 months before my late wife's passing, the church I was leading at the time had just moved into a new 55,000 square foot building, with a 1,300 seat state of the art auditorium, on a 42-acre campus, and a ten million dollar price tag. With more than a million dollars in cost overruns and a sudden down turn in the economy, when we moved into our new facility and didn’t experience the expected and needed growth, the financial pressures became enormous.The financial pressures and devastating impact of the loss of my wife, along with the widening cracks among our staff, and eventually our entire congregation, began a downward spiral from which we never fully recovered. Within 6 years, the church I had led and loved for 25 years, was no longer in existence.

This second event – more than anything else – has motivated me to help leaders live well while they lead well and to partner with local churches for their ongoing health and growth. (You can read my other book that came out of this season of my life and leadership: Staying Power: Five Core Idea's to Sustainability in Christian Leadership <----- CLICK HERE

What's Remarkable About My Story

What's remarkable about my story is that these two events have shaped me, more than anything else, into who I am today and what I have to offer. My story has given me the opportunity to help thousands of people navigate through unexpected turns in life, help leaders live well while they lead well,  and help local churches build with ongoing health and growth. I would have never, ever dreamed that my pain would lead me to my greater purpose - but it has. I've dedicated the rest of my life to help lives, leaders, and local churches move from where they're at to where they want to be.  


I accomplish my life's purpose through four primary means:


As a speaker, I offer instructional and inspirational talks for churches, conferences, leadership and civic gatherings

As a online trainer, I offer a variety of courses and resources for ongoing health and growth

As an author, I've written two best selling books and in the process
of writing and releasing two more books

As a coach, I offer growth tracks for Lives, Leaders, and Local Churches

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As a husband , father and grandfather, I love to read, write, golf, bike, hike, and have meaningful conversations over a nice meal with family and friends. I'm married to my wife, Missy. I have a daughter, Nicole, a son Britton, a step-son, Mychael and a grandson. My wife and I live in Avon Lake, Ohio. Our adult children live in different places around the U.S.