My journey began as a young police officer working mostly in southern Florida from 1973-1984. During my 15 years of service, I saw and experienced great triumph and indescribable tragedy while patrolling the streets and investigating child abuse. My eyes were opened to the every day life of folks around me – many of whom were living in the midst of crime, violence, and broken homes.
Regardless of income or status, the root cause of these issues was “poverty” of the heart. God used my experiences, rallied my passion, and called me to become a Pastor of Counseling. In 1984, I attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi and worked to earn two Master’s degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Divinity.
For the next 30 years, the church setting became my territory. This time, I was armed with street smarts AND The Gospel. I listened to the complexities of church members’ and pastor’s hearts alike. I gained insight into burdened relationships, and I understood how conflict, blaming, escapism, and idolatry emerged. I learned- and know first hand- if we’re human, we have poverty of the heart.
I have helped folks walk their difficult road to healing. I have helped them find God’s unique purpose in their journey of becoming “rich” in heart. I can help you too. My passion and expertise is in pre-marriage, marriage, blended families, domestic violence, and addiction. I am trained to counsel men to lead their families and to deal with issues of pornography, shame, and anger.
I have been married to my faithful bride for 43 years. We have walked our own difficult road to healing. Through God and the help of a professional therapist, our marriage and our hearts were redeemed from a path of divorce. We have raised two upstanding sons and now delight in our three “perfect” granddaughters. I’m a simple guy in that I like going to the shooting range and I’m a devoted Miami Hurricanes and Dolphins fan.
Psalm 34:18-19: The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but The Lord delivers him out of them all. NASB