Thanks for clicking the URL in my Twitter profile. If you are new to Twitter—or know someone who is—you might check out Michael Hyatt’s Beginner’s Guide to Twitter. It’s a post he wrote as a 20-minute guide to getting up and running in Twitter.
I am the author of Teaching Isn’t for Wimps, a self-published book you can get at Amazon or for free by singing up for my newsletter here.
This is my personal blog. It is focused on, well, me, or the things I value. Things like:
- My Faith
- My Wife
- My Family
- Becoming the Person God Wants me to be
- Living with Purpose
I blog about these topics and many others, but always with the big point in mind: living an intentional life with purpose focused on how God designed me.
Two Teachers in Texas this podcast I co-host with my wife, Melissa Freese, we talk about all things teaching, preaching and raising a family.
Purposeful U is a newly relaunched podcast focusing on intentional and purposeful living in a world full of disruptions and distractions.
I typically post three times a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via RSS .
My Top Posts
If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my most popular posts.
You can also check my blog’s archive for a list of every post I have written or use the search function below my picture in the sidebar to find other posts that might be of interest.
I was born to parents who were born and raised in the small farm towns of Northwestern Illinois. Mom was raised in Pearl City and dad in Orangeville, both small farming communities. Much of my family still lives there today.
We moved often when I was young living in, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Ohio and finally Colorado. I grew up in Aurora, Colorado just outside of Denver. I loved it! I learned to love the mountains, the skiiking and the Denver Broncos! The Broncos are still my favorite thing about Colorado.
I finished high school in Aurora and then of to Umpire School. Yes, I wanted to become a professional baseball umpire and to do so you need to attend one of the accredited umpire schools. I did well, finished as number one student and secured a job. I worked ten years in the minor leagues. I worked in the Pioneer League, California League, Texas League, Pacific Coast League and had the proverbial “cup of coffee” in the American League.
After ten years of professional baseball I retired at the ripe old age of 29 and became a dedicated husband, father and student. I finished my 110 hours I needed in two years. Worked full-time, owned a business and managed to finish school at UTPB. My plan was to teach, but I was redirected for a few years.
I served as Education Director, Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor in two different churches. We moved to Elkhorn, Nebraska where I became the Youth Director at a large church. We didn’t care for Nebraska and moved back to Phoenix, where I had lived while I was umpiring. I took a job as a stock broker with Edward Jones. I loved learning about the financial market, but was not as crazy about cold calling. After a year I left to do something really wild.
I took a job as a youth detention officer. I learned more in that year and a half than at any other time in my life. But, this was a step, not a destination. We moved back to Midland and I took a position as an Associate Pastor. I loved it! After two years I decided it was time to do what I had wanted to do since I was in high school: teach!
I took a job at San Jacinto Junior High teaching social studies and coaching. After a year I was able to concentrate on teaching and became a Department Chair at my school. I have enjoyed that part very much.
I have the good fortune of being married to a beautiful Texan, Melissa. She has blessed me with four wonderful kids. Two are in college, one in high school and one, hold on, is in second grade. Her name is Tori and she keeps my quite busy, but she is a blessing. Todd Jr. and Taylor Jean are attending our local Colleges. Trenton is a Junior and we are homeschooling him.
I have a few part-time gigs as well.
- I serve as a youth pastor at St. Paul Methodist (check out our youth web page).
- I am an Area Director with Man in the Mirror. A great organization for men to realize their full potential in God.
- I run a website to help folks find purpose in their lives, check it out at PurposefulU.
- My wife and I do a podcast at Two Teachers in Texas, 45 – 60 minutes on school, church, life and fun.
Check that out too and leave a comment.
For fun I love to camp, read, run when I am healthy and try to play as much golf as I can. I am still chasing that hole-in-one and under 70 score. I also am a computer enthusiast and love all things in technology. I love the use of instant communication. And I am thinking about buying a motorcycle, wife says I am nuts, but will ride with me. What more could a man ask for?
I do some speaking and teaching. Contact me if you are interested.