Hey there, and thanks for stopping by!
So yeah, I live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with Elizabeth and our four kiddos. We got married in 2000, so the math’s easy.
Before crossing the Pacific, I served as a youth pastor for ten years and worked as a trauma nurse for three. Before all that, I went to law school and am a licensed (but not practicing) attorney. Before all that, I was a kid.
I serve as a pastoral counselor, providing marriage counseling, pre-marital counseling, debriefing, transition coaching, grief counseling, and stuff like that. My clients are missionaries and NGO workers and Cambodians and diplomats and basically people. Some are believers and some aren’t. My goal is to gently walk with people, whatever their nationality and background, towards Jesus and the healing and freedom he gives.
Additionally, Elizabeth and I help lead an international church with folks from about 32 countries.
I like to laugh a lot, and I’m pretty sure I annoy our neighbors (we live in a row house with about 1,000 neighbors).
I also cry a lot, but I’m not giving up any man cards. My mom died of cancer when I was a teenager, my dad died of cancer when I was in my mid-twenties, and my sister died of congenital abnormalities when I was a kid.
Yup, that’s pretty much my life. I enjoy writing about marriage and parenting and missions and cross-cultural survival and Jesus. I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to drop me a message or connect via Facebook or Twitter or whatever. Thanks again for stopping by!
all for ONE,
I write monthly for A Life Overseas.
I’ve also written for…
Some of my musings have been mentioned/discussed in…
- The Christian Post
- Christianity Today (and here)
- Misunderstood: the impact of growing up overseas in the 21st century
- The Mind of a Missionary
This song was our family theme song for 2009. It’s based on Psalm 63:6-8. God really used this Psalm to propel us into cross-cultural missions, asking us to Follow Close. This version was recorded in 2010 in Phnom Penh in our friends’ backyard. Here are the lyrics:
I lie awake thinking of you, Meditating on you through the night. Chorus: I follow close behind you. Your strong right hand holds. (repeat) I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings. I think how much you’ve helped me, and because of this I’ll sing. Chorus. Holy, Holy, Holy. I lie awake thinking of you, Meditating on you through the night.