Life began in Kansas City, but my folks got me to Texas as fast as they could! I grew up in Fort Worth, graduated from Ft. Worth Christian, then went to Harding University, Searcy, AR for my B.A. in Bible with minors in English and Greek. I worked from 1969-71 as campus evangelist for the Oxford Church of Christ, Oxford, MS and finished an M.A. in English. Sherrylee Johnson and I married on Easter Sunday 1971, then left for Germany to do mission work four months later.
We spent two years in Munich, learning the language and the culture and working with both a German and American church there. Then we moved with our mission partners to Hannover, where we planted a new church. Our three children Philip (74), Ben (76), and Emily (78) were all born in Hannover–as was most of the rest of our life! We LOVED our life and work in Germany and only came back to the States because of a sad missionary story that I won’t bore you with.
We returned in 1979, and I took a one-year temporary appointment as an English professor at Oklahoma Christian University, which lasted for twenty-four years. I finished my Ph.d in Humanities in 1987, taught German and Film Studies as well as literature and composition courses, and coached and refereed soccer as well.
Our commitment to missions continued even after returning, so we began immediately taking students from OC to Germany on short-term mission trips each summer, modest efforts which grew into the ministry we serve today, the Let’s Start Talking Ministry. In 2001, we made the decision to give up teaching, move to the DFW Metroplex and focus ourselves on our work with LST. (See the LST page for more information about the ministry.)
Our children all married wonderful Christian people, and they share with us 9 grandchildren. Our lives are full of family, work, church, and ministry–which feels pretty coherent at the moment. God has blessed us richly.