I was raised the grandson of a Baptist minister who I never knew. He had died before I was born, but his wife, who was a wonderful woman, lived with my mother, father, brother, and I in Southern California. My wife, Pat, and I were married in our late teens and I embarked on a career with a national company. We lived in California, Arizona, New Jersey, New York, back to Southern California, and then Philadelphia. In 1986 I bought a business in Phoenix. During those years we got away from regular church attendance. That changed when we moved to Phoenix, met several great gospel teachers, and became immersed in the Word. We had lived our lives, but never got away from our Christian values. Throughout my life I have encountered and overcome many challenges. You can’t deny God’s work in our lives. As an elder, I hope to impart those experiences to others at Redemption Arcadia.