I grew up outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania in a small town called Chinchilla and worshipped at the Chinchilla United Methodist Church. Music, especially the clarinet, was my great love throughout my years in the Abington Heights School District. Serving as drum major in the marching band and performing secondary leads in the school musicals were notable privileges. I graduated from Syracuse University in 1976 with a B.S. in biology and served as drum major of the marching band for three years.
Soon after I started at SU, I got involved in the Syracuse Reformed Presbyterian Church which was clearly an answer to my prayers for solid, biblical teaching and preaching. Very shortly after that, my childhood desire to serve as a pastor returned, and I studied at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA.
Following seminary, I served for the summer as an interim pastor in State College, PA and then a one-year internship in the Syracuse RP Church. During that internship, I assisted Associate Pastor Charlie Leach in his church planting work in Oswego. The Lord called Charlie to Japan and I continued the work in Oswego. The mission was organized as a congregation in October 1980 at which time I was called as Pastor.
I was ordained as a Pastor and installed to this work in the Oswego congregation on December 2, 1980. The years have passed quickly with much good work and many blessings including training young pastors and planting new churches (Fulton, 1994; New Hartford, 1999).