About Me

I worked in my family’s steel fabricating business while growing up. After graduating from Calvin College, I attended Calvin Seminary where I earned a Master of Divinity. My wife and I spent the next ten years in Liberia, West Africa, doing adult education. We left Liberia in 1990 due to the civil war there. Then I led a small congregation near the center of Kalamazoo for nine years. For the next four years I worked with congregations that had encountered a degree of disruption in their life together and with their clergy. In 2003 I did a year as an intern chaplain at Bronson Hospital and then studied supervision of pastoral care students at Bronson for three years.  In 2007 I returned to school at Western Michigan University where I continued to develop pastoral care and therapy skills and earned my MSW degree. I worked at the SW Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center and at Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County until 2012 when I opened my current practice. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for over 47 years. We have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

I’m passionate about the difference nourishing human connection makes for our physical, emotional, spiritual and community life. Every day I try to make my connection with others one that heals and strengthens. I also work to make the connection between parents and children nourishing and rewarding. I strive to help couples be there for each other.