About Me

I worked in my father’s steel fabricating business while growing up. After I graduated from high school and Calvin College  I  attended Calvin Seminary where I earned a Master of Divinity. Then my wife and I left for Liberia West Africa where we spent 10 years doing adult education. We left Liberia in 1990 because of a civil war there, and I led a small congregation near the center of Kalamazoo for 9 years. For the next 4 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 for 3  years after that studied supervision of pastoral care students at Bronson.  In 2007 I returned to school at Western Michigan University where I began to be equipped for providing therapy and earned my MSW degree. I worked half time at the S. W. Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center and half time 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 45 years. We have three grown children and six grandchildren.

I’m passionate about the difference nourishing human connection makes for our physical, emotional, spiritual and community life. Every day I work 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.