Stephi and I moved to Williamsburg as the previous Century was coming to a close. I had retired from my work as a registered professional civil engineer for 35 years. We had begun serving full time in the stewardship ministry of Crown Financial Ministry. Our responsibility covered the states from Virginia Northward. God eventually led us to Williamsburg and the Chapel to be our base for serving Him.
My personal history began in a small farming town in upstate New York, as the only child of two working parents. Through our combined efforts to work, save and invest in my education, I became the first in my family to accomplish the “American Dream” of having a profession to meet financial needs.
Along the way the Lord gave me opportunity to serve my country in the Navy Civil Engineering Corps on active duty in the early stages of the Vietnam War. I continued in the Reserve status through the war. Fortunately, I was able to be involved in my profession to help plan the transportation improvements going in place under World Trade Center as it was being constructed. I then moved to the West Coast to do initial planning for the future extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit to the San Francisco Airport.
It was there God brought Stephi into my life. She had just moved into my neighborhood as a widow with 2 young boys and a third child on the way. We merged our families 2 years later and moved East when my work terminated for lack of funding.
My new job was in the DC area and God placed us in a McLean neighborhood next to an Air Force General with a strong walk with Jesus. God used Paul Watson and his wife Jane, and Eleanor Page (who by the way had close ties to Dick Woodward in Virginia Beach), to ignite a spark in my spiritual journey and bring Stephi to faith in Christ. During the next 30 years our focus shifted from the world to Jesus and service to Him. By the time we moved to Williamsburg our 6 children were developing lives of their own.
By God’s grace, our children have found Godly mates and we now have 23 grandchildren! Future growth is coming as the grandchildren marry - which 5 already have! During these years in Williamsburg God has been redrawing our boundaries. Our last assignment in Crown was the State Director (VA), from which we retired at the end of 2006. Our focus now is on family, church and community.
Stephi is very involved with the leadership of the Ford’s Colony Women’s Bible Study. This study is geared for women, regardless of their knowledge of the Bible, to discover the relevance of the Bible in the 21st Century. I have been involved with helping the poor in the community. I have been on the Agape Committee since it started several years ago. I feel a deep connection for the people I’ve interviewed, as the Lord has taken me through the “quick sand” in our culture. I know there were times when only His footprints were visible!
The opportunity to serve with such a Godly group of church leaders is a special blessing to me. I have seen the many exciting things God has done in and through the Chapel. Men have come and men have gone, but Jesus is at the helm! It is a great honor to join this unified, Godly group of men seeking God’s will for the direction we should go.