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My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: Instructing people who are passionate. They fully intend to change the world for the sake of God’s kingdom. That passion is highly contagious!
When I’m not teaching, I love to: Travel with my wife, Cathy. We “collect” national parks. Our five grandkids lay claim to great chunks of our time and our hearts. Skiing and landscaping are also joyful pastimes.
In my classes, students can expect: Relevant stories from my 45 years of pastoral ministry….and participatory learning activities…and some really bad jokes…and an occasional Broadway show tune.
My best advice to a new student in my program is: Understand your need for a mentor in your early years of service… and read books like a maniac!
Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Shepherds who care deeply about their “flock” and who understand the eternal ramifications of our service: this is way more than simply a “job.”
The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: Vocational and congregational ministry is hard work…often discouraging…and deeply satisfying.
A quote that influences how I live is: “Whatever work you have to do, work at it with all your heart, since you are working for the Lord, not just for people” (Col. 3:23).