I was born in 1957 to a church-going family. I do not remember a time in my life that I did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God, and that His death had something to do with me. In high school I discovered alcohol, and very quickly began to abuse it. At 17, based largely on the shame I felt about my drinking, I asked Christ to come in to my life and change me from the inside out. Unfortunately, I did not get help with my addiction, and I spent the next 16 years living a double life. The end of my first marriage was the “bottom” for my disease, after which I began to take responsibility for my recovery. Since then, I have lived another double life, just not a secret one, being involved in both AA and the Church. Since 1990, I have been involved in numerous small groups, at first as a participant, and later as a facilitator. As my recovery has progressed, so has my ability to integrate my Christian beliefs into my life. I have grown steadily in my intimacy with God and with people. I have led various adult ministries and discipled half a dozen men. I have been an Elder at Trinity since 2009. In 1994 I married Linda, a widow with three children, and have worked to build a wonderful step family. Including my two children, we have five children and (as of 2014) seven grandchildren.