Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, I have always identified with the Midwestern values of the region. I first felt called to ministry in my youth, but being unsure of what “faith” really meant, I ignored the impulse and built a secular life with my wife of more than 33 years and our three children, sporadically drifting away from active worship. Despite this, on at least two occasions after reaching adulthood I once again felt called to ministry, but believed myself too timid to respond. After a lengthy career in the hospitality, technology software & services and leadership training industries, I heard God’s call once again. This time, however, I was spiritually and emotionally prepared to respond with a joyful “Here I am, Lord”. After closing my business in 2012, I moved quickly to begin the process of transitioning to a life in ministry.