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Born and raised in the coastal town of Timaru, South Island, New Zealand, I gave my life to the Lord at the age of sixteen when an American evangelist, A.S. Worley, came through holding meetings. This was in 1960.Two years later at a camp meeting I felt the Lord birth a specific desire in me to teach the Word of God. This desire has never left me. A year later two other young men and I traveled to the Chatham Islands off the coast of New Zealand and worked for a year helping starting a church which still remains. The following four years I continued my O.J.T. (on the job training) in ministry, traveling throughout the U.S.A. and Australia as part of a gospel quartet. The Lord was proving Himself more and more a “sure foundation” to me as Isa.28:16 says, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a sure foundation, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation”. 1967- 75 were spent in Anchorage, Alaska, working in advertising and art layout while attending Abbott Loop Chapel. 1976-89 were spent attending Wichita Christian Center teaching in their local Bible College. There I was grateful to the Lord and Pastor Tom Garrelts to be given much freedom to study and teach the Word of God. At present I am retired, enjoying local church life and working on this web site. In 1989, with my wife, Mary, our three children and I moved to Eugene, Oregon where we still live and I have become an American citizen. Our three children are now married and have blessed us with nine grandchildren. Our oldest son lives and works in the Dallas area with Fellowship of the Sword Ministry. He and his wife produce "We choose Virtues". Our youngest son has earned his bachelors degree at B.M.A.T Seminary in Texas and he is the voice of the 12 Phases Pod casts and has help produce the coverpage videos on my web site. Our daughter is an RN as is her mother. We are very thankful that our three children have decided themselves to serve the Lord. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart”.
There have been several men of God that have been excellent examples in Word and doctrine for the past about sixty years. My Pastor, David Jackson in New Zealand. Kevin J. Conner, Ray Jackson Sr. and Rob Wheeler. These men taught the rich Word of the Lord in our Church. They laid the foundation of the Old Testament scriptures in my life. Eventually I came to Anchorage, Alaska and the Word of the Lord was added to by apostle Dick Benjamin, Jim Feeney and Dick Strutz, who made me realize the benefits of charts while teaching. Like Timothy "from a child, in my case 16 years old, I have had the honor and privilege (Prov.25:1-2)of knowing "in part" (1Cor.13:9-12) the holy scriptures. Because of His living Word and the help of these great men of God I have purposed to "deliver that which I have received" (1 Cor.15:3) to faithful men, that they teach others also." (2 Tim.2:2)
During the Dark Ages, John Wycliffe ...declared that "the people had the right to read the Bible and interpret it for themselves." Because this is a Godly principle foreshadowed by the Levitical priesthood, the same is true today. The "sons of Levi" (Deut.31:9-11) were given the responsibility to teach the Word, protect the Word, interpret the Word and to guard and protect it when it was copied. (Deut.17:18; 24:8; 31:9-11 Today, as a "royal priesthood" (Kings and Priests 1Peter.2:5-9, Rev.1:6; 5:10)we have the same charge. Therefore it is not a matter of "Oh I just can't understand the Bible," no it is your charge, your responsibility. It does not belong to the Theologian, Scholar or Professor of Religious studies, NO the Word of God belongs to you!