I came on the PPL board in 2008, but had my first contact with PPL at the 1995 General Assembly in Cincinnati, OH. I was looking for a good place to eat and PPL had some good fixings. In the fall of 1996 I invited Terry Schlossberg to the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary to start a local PPL chapter there.
I am a second career pastor, married to my wife Dawn for 40 + years; we have three adult children and five grandchildren, and in my first life I farmed the family farm in Northwest Iowa. I now am in my second call as a pastor and have been here for 16 years at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley, IA serving as a pastor in the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO).
PPL is important to me because it is the only Presbyterian organization that is concerned about protecting life at all stages, from conception to natural death. PPL is also important because the Gospel message of Jesus Christ compels us to protect the innocent and that all life is precious. Psalm 139: 13-16; Matthew 19: 14. If organizations like PPL won't stand for the innocent who will and I believe I will be held accountable for my actions.
If I were to choose a movie character to play, the movie would be "Dances With Wolves" and the character I would choose would be Kevin Costner's part of Sargent John Dunbar.
For fun, you might find me playing golf or riding on my 2010 Ultra Electra Glide Harley Davidson.