I am originally from Medina,Ohio, about 30 miles south of Cleveland. I grew up in the same neighborhood where my family had been living since 1882, within 3 blocks of all my grandparents – and all the public schools I attended.
I majored in art and education at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio and received bachelor’s degrees in both. After several years of teaching art in Cleveland area public and private schools, I attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts (MDiv). Following graduation, I was ordained by the United Church of Christ (http://www.ucc.org/) in February, 1986. In 1996, I received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
Since 1986, I’ve served UCC churches in Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. I am now retired and living near the family roots in Northeast Ohio.
Kathy Theodosion and I were married in June, 1975 at St. Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church in Rocky River, Ohio. We had both graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College a few weeks before and yes, it was a “big fat Greek wedding.” From a family of musicians, Kathy has led several Christian music groups and has contributed her talent as a vocal soloist in numerous churches and stages.
Filling in around the edges, in addition to teaching and ministry, I’ve worked professionally as a photographer, and served on the staff of two national youth ministry organizations: Young Life and Youth for Christ. I still take my artwork and photography as seriously as time and opportunity allow, ride a bicycle regularly, and drive a 1916 Model T Ford during the summer. Kathy and I have traveled in Europe, the Caribbean, China, South America, and Africa.
Mission work for the church, which I love very much, has taken me numerous times to the Dominican Republic, Israel/Palestine, and Africa (South Africa and Zimbabwe), as well as many locations locally and around the US: Maine, Florida, Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico.
Note: with very few exceptions, the photographs used in this site were taken by me.