Where were you born?
I was born in Albany, Georgia. My mom was born and raised in a small town near there. My dad was born in New York and grew up in the Bronx.
What did your parents do for a living?
My mother worked for Southern Bell telephone and telegraph company from the age of eighteen until she retired after forty years. My dad worked for a regional auto parts firm as the advertising manager.
Tell us about your family?
My wife Susan and I have been married for thirty-three years. I'm an only child and Susan has a younger brother. We have four cats: two we chose, that live indoors, and two who chose us, that live outside.
What music are you listening too?
Lisa Gerrard, Claude Debussy, Bjork, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Matt Redman, Mumford and Sons, and Samuel Barber, to name a few. In the car my radio pretty much stays on National Public Radio.
What's your favorite sporting event to watch in the Olympics?
Volleyball - the indoor version.
What was your first job?
At age 11, I worked in my uncle's grocery store, cleaning and stocking shelves, cutting meat, bagging groceries, etc., for twenty-five cents an hour.
What was your childhood ambition?
I wanted to attend the United States Air Force Academy and become an astronaut.
What's your favorite movie?
It's very tough to narrow it down to one, but a movie that I could watch a thousand times is Ground Hog Day.
What's one goal you have for the coming year?
I want to finish my Doctor of Ministry Degree.
What's your idea of a perfect day?
Hiking with Susan to Angel's Landing in Zion National Park.
What's your definition of a retreat?
A retreat is any time or place that one is able to think about something other than the daily concerns of life, or at least to consider the daily concerns of life in a creative, unconventional way.
What do you look for in a close friend?
I look for someone who is not afraid of intellectual debate, who is well read and interested in a variety of subjects. I look for someone who will help me to become a better person.
What are some of your biggest challenges?
1. Being tactful
2. Staying focused
3. Being clear and succinct
What do you think makes a good leader?
Some of the qualities of leadership will vary from situation to situation depending on the goals that a group is trying to achieve. In the context of a Christian church, a good leader must possess a firm set of core beliefs, and a clear understanding of what's right and important. A good leader must have an intimate knowledge and understanding of the people that he or she is trying to lead. A good leader will create the kinds of quality relationships that will allow for the modeling, encouragement and admonition needed to accomplesh group goals and to grow healthy, passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.