Presently, I live and minister out of North Carolina counseling, studying, preaching, and teaching. I am finishing an academic project at this time (DSM) .
I am married to Marcia (Dollar). She has rescued our four children from being raised by a distracted dad. Together, we’re blessed with three grandsons. Marcia loves the Lord deeply, loves history, and, being gifted by the Lord as a teacher, teaches both with passion and knowledge.
Backing my Wolverines, Red Wings, Lions, and Tigers reveals southeastern Michigan roots held dear to this day. My heart still jumps at the mention of Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. Good memories.
Most recently, it was my joy to shepherd a wonderful flock at Faith Baptist Church in Pembine, Wisconsin — a caring community of disciple-makers. My ministry has always been pastoral in nature with an emphasis on discipling. We’ve lived and ministered as a family in three states as well as in Ontario, Canada and Romania. I’ve visited and ministered in numerous countries.
My passion is to know my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, grow in His likeness and help others to grow in His grace. My mission is to reflect God’s glory viably, visibly, and verbally in order that others might trust in Jesus. It is our delight to pour ourselves into people through formal ministry and informal hospitality. Hopefully, when we leave this world we will leave some disciples of Christ behind.
Training for ministry you ask? My father’s influence and mentoring was the most profound human influence on my life. Institutionally, I’ve attended Bob Jones University, FaithWay Baptist College of Michigan (degrees), Northland International University (DSM candidate) and taken classes through Central Baptist Seminary in Minneapolis and Calvary Baptist Seminary in Lansdale, PA. The most influential men in my life were my father, my brother, Les Ollila, Marty Von, Doug McLachlan and Gene Graham. But the most powerful training I have received has always been through my local church. Even to this day, my church is the fellowship where I grow the most and change at the the deepest level. It is the one “classroom” I need the most and for which I am most grateful. (5962)