Please describe anything unique or interesting in your background that is relevant to the job.
I was born and raised in Hong Kong in a missionary family. After 7 years, our family moved to the US where I attended a Lutheran school in Chicago and 3 different Lutheran schools ( St. John, Zion, and St. Paulus) in San Francisco in the 1960's. In my twenties, while doing restaurant work, I was involved with Big Brothers, M-2 prison visitations, driving for Meals on Wheels, and Toastmasters. Upon teaching at WPL, I was a teacher and youth director for the first 13 years of my teaching ministry.
Who is someone you really admire and why?
My father and Pastor Jacobsen who were both men who lived their faith. I also admired Pistol Pete Maravich for his basketball skills and showmanship but also for his path to becoming a great Christian witness before his early death.
Can you share any favorite quotes?
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things...and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-10.
"If you are not a responsible person, you make others responsible for you."
"I am happiest when..."
I have a fishing pole in my hand on a quiet Sierra stream.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
At 19 years old, I was the youngest Big Brother in San Francisco BB Program. In high school I enjoyed playing basketball, and running track and cross country and in college, I enjoyed playing with the basketball and baseball teams at Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University River Forest.)
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
To have the patience of my wife and my mother.