I grew up in the Peterborough area, northeast of Toronto. My family lived on a farm and I had the privilege of being part of the last generation to attend a one-room schoolhouse in Ontario. My environment was decidedly Christian and I became a believer as a child of eight. That decision has increasingly shaped my approach to life and living.
After high school, I took the radio and television arts program at Ryerson University and graduated with a bachelor of applied arts in 1975. I worked at a couple of radio stations and had my own audio recording business until 1983.
Shortly after leaving Ryerson, I married Debbie and in 1983 we moved to Ecuador where we engaged in missionary work until 1993. On returning to Canada, with three kids in tow and another one on the way, I went to work with FBH International – an evangelistic media ministry with radio programs aired in a variety of languages around the world. Among my responsibilities are writing and producing a weekly radio program.
I’m still very involved with FBH, now serving as president, and still doing a lot of writing. In the last few years, I’ve started branching out creatively and have written three children’s musicals, two of which have been performed. The most recent is will be presented in April 2014. I also have a story in “A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider.”
For a few years overlapping our transition from Ecuador back to Canada, I completed an MA with an emphasis in Leadership Studies through Azusa Pacific University’s Operation Impact Program. I’ve done some writing and teaching (Bible College level) on leadership on and off since.
In June 2006, my family moved to farm in the middle of the Niagara Peninsula where we live with two horses, two dogs, and two cats.
For several years, I have been a professional member of The Word Guild a community of Canadian writers who are Christians. I usually attend its annual conference held in June each year. I credit this organization with encouraging me to get serious about my own writing.