What is your official title? Senior Leader
What kind of stuff do you end up doing at aldea? I speak on Sunday mornings serve on the Leadership Team, helping to shape the vision and mission of aldea.
What kind of training or experience did you have before aldea? Education: BA in Religion from Southern California College (Costa Mesa, CA). MDiv from Bethel Seminary (San Diego). DM in Marriage & Family Therapy from Denver Seminary. I have pastored churches in California, Minnesota (the home of my beloved Vikings), and here in Tucson. I’ve been involved in ministry for about 23 years. I also work for Priority Management where I facilitate professional development / corporate training.
If you could add an extra secret day between Friday and Saturday, what would you use that time for? Can I make it a secret week instead? If so, I’d spend time hiking till my feet hurt, riding my motorcycle to the point of being saddle sore, and dance to live music till somebody made me go home!
Tell us about your family:
I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Sylvia. We’ve been married 31 years. We have three sons: David (27), who works for Homeland Security and is about to get married; Matthew (24), who is a grad student at University of Hamburg in Germany; Michael (21) a junior at the UofA-and a sometimes drummer in the aldea band.
What’s your favorite way to show love to a complete stranger?
By seeking to be present to them in the moment and recognizing that there’s more to their story than immediately meets the eye.
Recommended Reading List:
Some of my favorite books include:
Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein)
Lake Wobegon Days (Garrison Keillor)
The River Why (David James Duncan)
A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson)
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (Robin Sharma)
The War of Art (Steven Pressfield)
A few spirituality titles.
Yearnings: Embracing the sacred messiness of life (Rabbi Irwin Kula)
Traveling Mercies: Thoughts on Faith (Anne Lamott)
The Heart of Christianity (Marcus Borg)
What Would Jesus Deconstruct (John Caputo)
Reaching Out (Henri Nouwen)
New Seeds of Contemplation (Thomas Merton)
The Buddha Walks into a Bar (Lodro Rinzler)
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Cheryl Strayed)
Recommended Watching/Listening List
A sampling of favorite movies
The Family Stone
It’s a Wonderful Life
Anything with Amy Adams in it
Favorite TV shows
Dancing with the Stars
Anthony Bourdain-No Reservations
Current playlist includes (to name a few)
Creedence Clearwater Revival