I was born in Dec. of 1961 in Camden, N.J. & grew up on the East Coast, a stone’s throw from South Philly in Southern New Jersey. I am married to my second wife, Theresa, since 2000. Their combined family consists of five children and ten grandchildren as of December 2014. We are currently live in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
I am the founder of Middletown Ministries Inc. It operates as a Christian outreach ministry to the community and provides services like Celebrate Recovery to the Harrisburg area. Coming alongside those struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
As an essential worker with Corporate Chaplains of America, I care for approximately 700 employees and their families weekly, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. I also serve as a Disaster Spiritual Care Volunteer for the American Red Cross.
I have an extensive 20+ year background in the healthcare setting. The first seven years as an EMT-A volunteer and paid, which slightly overlapped with a much longer career (18 years) in the field of Ophthalmology as a Retinal Angiographer/Photographer. My photography has been included in multiple medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, and featured on Zeiss Ophthalmic calendar; Macular Hole with Operculum- Pre and Post – Zeiss OCT 2008 Calendar – September.
I left my career in ophthalmology to pursue a calling to ministry. I returned to school at Crown College Online, where I earned my BS in Christian Ministry. During that same time, I completed Minors in Psychology, Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counseling, and graduated Cum Laude. I also did my first MA in Christian Studies at Crown.
After relocating from New Jersey to Chincoteague Island, Virginia, to plant a new ministry, it was clear that I wanted to be deeper involved with the helping profession. I began my new career as an ordained certified Chaplain with Corporate Chaplains of America in 2016. I am a men’s leader with Live Free Ministries (formerly xxxChurch – X3 Pure Small Groups Online) since 2013.
Chaplaincy allowed me to realize that I had a passion for coming alongside people going through life difficulties. I decided to go back to school and pursue my Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) credentials with an MA in clinical mental health here at Liberty University. This degree is also CACREP accredited.
In 2020, I was honored to be invited into the Chi Sigma Iota honor society, Rhu Eta Nu Alpha Rho chapter in Pennsylvania. This is all new to me. I look forward to participating in this society to help others grow in their pursuit of knowledge.
“After recognizing my struggles with brokenness and working through them successfully, I have come to realize that we all struggle and can find hope through the promises of Jesus Christ. It is now time for me to give back utilizing all the tools and knowledge God has blessed me with as a helping professional.” “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” – Romans 11:29