I grew up as the oldest of five boys in an unchurched, alcoholic, and dysfunctional family. My family moved often due to my dad’s work and drinking problems, and my parents struggled constantly with finances and living problems. By the time I graduated from high school, I had attended nine different schools. I left home immediately after high school graduation to work with a friend from school. It was through this friend that I met and married my wife Marcia after a brief courtship.
After we married, I continued my education and began my professional career in sales. As I progressed in my career; so did my drinking. There were many arguments, tears, and legal and financial problems related to alcohol. It was after an evening of drinking and an ugly argument in front of our 18 month old son that I realized I was doing exactly what I said I would never do; let drinking rob our family life as it had mine growing up. I got down on my knees that night and asked the Lord to take this affliction from me and committed to cleaning up my life and began a personal and daily relationship with Him. Through counseling and Alcoholics Anonymous I have now been in recovery for 33 years. I firmly believe God was instrumental in taking this from me, and I give Him the glory. Today I am the owner of a small business, and my sons work with me. Life still has its challenges, but through trusting in God and working a Twelve Step Program, I continue to grow spiritually and emotionally.
Daily Bible reading, Bible studies, and making an effort to surround myself with Christian mentors, has grown my relationship with the Lord. I continue to minister to others struggling with the disease of alcoholism, and I am able to share what the Lord did for me. How wonderful it is to be able to tell a deeply troubled person that God is always there. He will not judge or condemn you no matter the extent. He will forgive anything you have done, and He loves unconditionally!