My wife (Candice, the beautiful one) and I have been married for 45 years. We’ve actually known each other since the first grade! Yep, we attended grammar school, middle school, and high school together. There was no romantic interest at that time. But later, when we both had become believers during the Jesus Movement, we got married so that we could serve the Lord together. We knew we were called to go to the unreached tribal people. So, we went through a rigorous time of training and preparation with New Tribes Mission. Then, we set off for the jungle village up the Pucuro River where the Paya-Kuna people had lived for centuries in the jungle. I guess you could say we were pioneer missionaries sent to reach the village for Jesus Christ. God answered our prayers and worked many mighty miracles to turn the hearts of the people to Jesus. Now, nearly everyone in the village follows the Lamb of God. While there, I was involved as a linguist in the translation project of the New Testament into the Paya-Kuna language.
Almost forgot, how could I forget this! We have three wonderful children, six grandchildren, and…wait for it… 2 great-grandchildren! We are so blessed!!! Ok, back to our story:
After our missionary career, we came to New England – the beautiful land of spiritual awakening – and were involved with starting an amazing church, Gateway Christian Fellowship, which we pastored for 18 years.
After turning the church over to a wonderful leadership team, we began to travel full-time, speaking, teaching, and helping churches and leaders to grow in Christ. We’ve had the joy of traveling to over 30 nations, sharing the message of God’s greatness and His end time glory that will be revealed through His people.
I’ve written a few books (3 books on Genesis, 1 on Isaiah, 1 on Moses, 1 about prayer, and my favorite, a verse by verse commentary on the Song of all Songs titled The Sacred Journey). So, I hope you’ll check out our online store. For several years now, I’ve been involved with The Passion Translation Project and devote much of my time translating the Bible into a new, dynamic-equivalent version that will help breathe life into your Bible reading.
I truly believe The Passion Translation has the potential to shape the spirituality of the English speaking church for generations to come.
The entire New Testament was released in October 2017! I have now begun work on the translation of the remaining Old Testament books – Psalms, Proverbs, and Song of Songs are already available. Isaiah is currently scheduled for release in November 2018. Again, you can check out the titles we’ve released so far, by clicking on the STORE link above.
If I were to describe the passion that burns in both Candice’s and my heart, it’s this: We want to change the world by being examples of a spiritual father and mother that will raise up millions of Christ followers who will be passionately in love with Jesus Christ.
God bless you my friend!
Passion & Fire Ministries
Lead Translator, The Passion Translation Project