A few personal details:
I grew up in the Peterborough area, northeast of Toronto. My family lived on a farm and I had the privilege of being part of the last generation in our part of Ontario to attend a one-room schoolhouse. My environment was decidedly Christian and I became a believer as a child of eight. Generally, this has coloured everything I've done and my approach to it since then.
After graduating from high school, I took the radio and television arts program at Ryerson University and graduated with a bachelor of applied arts in 1975. I worked at a couple of radio stations and had my own recording business until 1983.
Shortly after leaving Ryerson, I married Debbie and in 1983 we moved to Ecuador where we engaged in missionary work until 1993. We returned to Canada with three kids in tow and another one on the way. I immediately went to work with FBH International - an evangelistic media ministry with radio programs aired in a variety of languages around the world. Among my responsibilities were writing and producing a weekly half-hour radio program. A recent calculation indicated I've passed the two million word mark. I confess I approach writing more as a craft than an art. Don't hold that against me. It's useful when I have to write on demand.
I'm still very involved with FBH, now serving as president, and still doing a lot of writing. In the last year or so, I've started branching out creatively and have written a children's musical, "We Can't Sleep Tonight," which was performed in April 2010, and finished a book, "Life on the Corner," which is in the editorial process at this moment. I also have a story coming out in "A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider." I have a couple of other ideas in the works which I'll pursue as time permits.
For a few years overlaping our transition from Ecuador back to Canada, I completed an MA with an emphasis in Leadership Studies through Azusa Pacific University's Operation Impact Program. I've done some writing and teaching (Bible College level) on leadership on and off since.
Since student days, I've been interested in photography. I've developed this in the last few years to include some paid work. I've had opportunities to travel a bit in the last few years and record the local flavour for later enjoyment.
In June 2006, my family moved to a hundred acre farm in the middle of the Niagara Peninsula. (About four kilometres south of Smithville, for those who know where Smithville is). We've now limited ourselves to a few horses for pleasure riding.