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I have been married to my high school sweetheart for more than thirty years and I do not regret that decision for a minute. We have five children and two grandchildren who have added blessings to our lives that were previously unimaginable.
However, long before I met my wife, I learned to love something else, the stories of superheroes. I do not regret that decision for a minute. Comic books and superheroes have added inspiration and motivation to my life that were previously unimaginable.
And before I could read or even be trusted with a comic book, I learned to love God and Christianity. With more than forty years of ministry experience, I have learned how to connect family, superheroes, and Christianity into my world and I do not regret it for a moment. Christianity has added more to my life than I could ever have imagined.
For me, it is important that I do not get stuck in one way of thinking. There are hundreds of authors and writers available to tell an infinite amount of stories; superhero stories, religious stories, or other types of stories. Each story helps me understand a particular way of thinking. As I broaden my understanding, I open myself up to the truths that are knowable and to the possibilities that are still wondrous to think about.
Born near the beginning of the Marvel era, I was blessed to be in a family that loved comic books. My father was a collector and encouraged my brother and I to buy and read comics throughout our childhood. In high school we began buying and selling comics and that continues to this day. My brother owns Heroes and Games in the Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. I buy and sell on eBay, although I sell more collectibles than comics, and at conventions whenever I can. Together, my brother and I founded Legacy Rising Publications to produce our own comics and tell our own stories. Comic books and superheroes are still a large part of my life.
My family was a relatively conservative family with traditional midwestern values. We attended church regularly and participated in many religious activities. Christianity was our belief system, but not obsessively. I read the Bible and loved the stories of heroes like Samson, Moses, and Elijah who performed feats of strength, did miraculous things, and seemed to have superhuman powers. Early on there was a blending of my idealized religious beliefs with my imagined superhero dreams.
As I grew older, I felt a call to ministry and began my studies at Circleville Bible College (now Ohio Christian University). After one year there, I was hired as a youth pastor at a church in Greenfield, Ohio. I transferred to Huntington University where I graduated with a BA in Bible and Religion and then an MA in Christian Ministries. From there, I went on to study for my Master of Divinity at Ashland Theological Seminary and at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. I worked on a Doctorate of Ministry at Ashland Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Leadership at the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies. I have served four different denominations, served as a children's pastor, a youth pastor, an associate pastor, a church planter, a turn around pastor, and a senior pastor.
So I have experience and education in Christian thinking and experience
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