Part-time Associate Pastor of Seniors Ministries
Staff Position: Oversee, along with the Core Group, the Harvesters Monthly Fellowship breakfast meetings and Harvesters Branch Bible study.
Education and/or Experience: During World War II, my family and I were evacuated from Pasadena to the Tulare Assembly Center and subsequently, to the Gila River Relocation Center, Camp 2. After attending school there for two years, we relocated to Chicago, Illinois where I attended High School through the 10th grade. We returned to Pasadena and I graduated from John Muir High School. I completed the one year Auto Repair Course at L.A. Trade Technical College. After serving 4 years in the Air Force, I earned an Associate of Arts degree from Pasadena City College. I attended night classes at the former L.A. City College while working for the City of Los Angeles.
My work history included many jobs, from busboy in a restaurant in Chicago to “live-in school boy” in Pasadena, Later I helped my father with his gardening route, and worked at a furniture company. While attending Pasadena City College, I was the night janitor for an engineering firm. For a time I worked on weekends at a gas station where I pumped gas, changed oil and lubed cars.
In 1958, I was hired as a draftsman with the City of Los Angeles, and continued attending night school. Later, upon passing the State examination for Engineer-in-Training, I was promoted to Civil Engineering Assistant, a professional classification. The EIT certification was accepted by the City as the equivalent of a B.S. degree in Engineering. Several years later, I was licensed by the State as a Registered Civil Engineer. In 1991, I retired from the City after almost 34 years.
While attending the First Presbyterian Church of Altadena, I served as a Deacon, and was serving as an Elder In 1995. It was then that I was called to serve on staff at Evergreen Baptist Church, to shepherd the Harvesters or Seniors Ministries.
Family: My wife, Naomi and I have three children, which includes twin daughters and a son. Also, God has blessed us with four granddaughters and three grandsons. Naomi and I praise God as we celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary this year.
Favorite books: Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster; Eternal Security by Charles Stanley; The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A’ Kempis; Razors Edge by Somerset Maughham.
Authors: Andrew Murray, Charles Stanley, Richard Foster.
Hobbies, Interests, pastimes: Golf and Ukulele. As a young man, I took a keen interest in shooting pool and 3 cushion billiards. Each summer, we look forward to attending Mount Hermon with our entire family.
About 12 of my old Friends, all between the ages of 75 and 84, get together once a month over lunch. We decided that rather than seeing each other only at the funerals of our mutual friends, we should get together on a regular basis. Only the Lord knows the number of our days.
Favorite foods: My favorite dish is spaghetti made by my wife Naomi, and anything else that she makes. I really like miso soup with a little rice. Once in a while, we enjoy a good steak.
Life verse: 2 Timothy 2:2 “The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”
Current book you are reading: Love Walked Among Us by Paul Miller.