Growing up, I attended church several times each week. My parents were very committed lay leaders in a Christian and Missionary Alliance church in Northeastern Ohio. It seems we attended every worship service, Bible class, and church dinner the church offered! As a pre-teen I made a profession of faith in Christ and soon began playing piano for Children’s Church.
In many ways those early experiences set the direction for the course of much of my life. My journey includes The Cleveland Institute of Music (Prep Dept in 1980), a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music (1985), graduate work in Musicology at Cleveland State University (unfinished), and a Masters degree in Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School (2010). My journey also includes lots of music in churches—playing piano, leading worship, writing songs, writing/producing musicals, leading musical mission trips, and directing choirs and orchestras—as I served on staff in churches in New York, Ohio, and North Carolina. I’ve served the Church of the Nazarene, the Assemblies of God, and a non-denominational gospel church.
Now this journey has led me to Church of the Resurrection…a destination I could never have predicted, but consider to be a clear blessing from God! My wife, Patti and I have attended CTR for a little over a year and we love the church. We have four children and one grandchild who all live in various places in North Carolina.
In addition to leading music at CTR, I teach a large number of piano students. In my spare time, I’m seemingly constantly fixing something—whether it’s automotive, plumbing, or electrical, there’s always something in need of repair. In addition, I grow roses for the local deer to eat, grow tomatoes for the squirrels, take an occasional run, enjoy watching sports, and experiment with cooking—and of course, enjoy eating, especially on those rare occasions when I can gather all the kids around the table.