I was raised in a Christian family in West Michigan by parents of Dutch heritage and saved at age 7. As a teenager I had the honor of being voted “Outstanding Teenager of Michigan,” 1970. I graduated from Western Michigan University (B.S., Speech Pathology and Audiology), Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary (M.R.E., Christian Education), Trinity Theological Seminary (D. Min., Biblical Counseling), and Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, PA (D.Min., Biblical Counseling)
I served as a pastor January, 1974 – June, 2006, and was ordained to the ministry of Christian Education in 1976. I served as Adjunct Faculty at the Moody Bible Institute, 1992-2007 (MBI) and Piedmont Baptist College Graduate School and as a Visiting Lecturer at the Word of Life Bible Institutes in Hungary, Germany, and the Philippines. I hold certification in biblical counseling from and am a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC formerly NANC). I also hold certification in Biblical Counseling from the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). In addition, I am a certified teacher/trainer with Evangelism Explosion.
Together with my wife, Susie we founded OIC in 2006. I currently serve as Executive Director of Overseas Instruction in Counseling. I also serve as the International Ministry Team Leader on the Council Board of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. I served as the Dean of the Master in Biblical Counseling program at the National Theological College and Graduate School and am the Director of the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program at Kyiv (Ukraine) Theological Seminary.
Susie, my high school sweetheart, and I have been married for 45 years, and we have been privileged to raise five children, who, together with their spouses, have produced 21 grandchildren.