Summary of Qualifications

For over 40 years I have worked to nurture relationships and partnerships between churches, community groups, service clubs, government organizations, businesses and individuals to enhance local communities. My work has included participating in starting and developing 12 non-profit organizations, preaching in over 300 churches and serving congregations in pastoral and interim leadership roles. I have supervised practicum students and interns in various settings, spent significant time coaching people in transition, taught adult education, and been involved in overseeing the development of staff, volunteer, and other adult training programs. Additionally, I have traveled extensively in the United States and Canada assisting with work situations, project development, and public speaking engagements. As a Christian I believe we are called to be servants working in our communities. Fulfilling our call to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth is based on a sense of being present in our society. Ultimately we are called to show the love and grace of God by emulating the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. The words listed below speak of the employment experiences, various projects I have worked on, teaching opportunities I have shared in, and recognitions this work has received. If you have any questions or are seeking references please contact me at


  • Coached by Grace 2014-present Developing on line support groups (over 6000people involved)
  • Coached by Grace 2013 Dynamic Churches International/Calgary
  • Coached By Grace 2012, Breathing Life into Ministry/Calgary
  • Coached By Grace 2010-2012, Interim Pastor United Church of Mapleton MN
  • Coached By Carl 2008-2010, Ordean Foundation, Duluth MN Program Development
  • Minnesota School of Business 2007, adjunct instructor St. Cloud Philosophy of Ethics, Interpersonal Relations
  • Building Doorways 2001-2007,  Traveling to promote the development of programs for both homeless and youth at risk.
  • The Back Door, A Youth Employment Project 1988-2001, Executive Director and Founder
  • Calgary Inter Faith Food Bank April 1985-1989, Executive Director
  • Pastoral Work 1970-1985,  Calgary, Alberta   Chicago, Illinois   Litchfield, Minnesota   Manning, North Dakota


  • Master of Divinity North Park Theological Seminary Chicago, Illinois (1975-1979)
  • Special studies: The Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education a joint effort by 13 Seminaries to study and analyze urban systems in the City of Chicago.
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (Hospital Chaplaincy)
  • Bachelor of Arts Crown College (1969-1975)
  • Diploma -1968 North St. Paul Sr. High North St. Paul, Minnesota


  • 2012: Distinguished Alumni Award: North St. Paul Sr. High School
  • 2002: Circle of Courage Award: Presented by Reclaiming Youth
  • 1996: Paul Harris Award: Rotarian, Humanitarian Award
  • 1992: Personal story nominated to receive Gabriel Award for CBC Radio broadcast entitled “In Search of a Father” (special radio broadcast award)
  • 1986: Calgarian of the Year: presented by the Calgary Herald
  • 1968: National Honor Society, North St. Paul Senior High School Newspaper
  • Ecumenical Concerns: Served on Inter Faith and Inter Church Associations


  • 2008-2010: Program development, Ordean Foundation Duluth MN
  • 2001-2007: Program development:Path-foster care, Minnesota Corrections-Red Wing Facility, Goodwill Industries, Wesley Center, We Win Institute, Minnesota Valley Action Community Association
  • 2004-2007: Served on Board of Directors, Sociologists of Minnesota
  • 2001: Touring and public speaking about book on the back door, an experiment or an alternative
  • 2000: Worked on software package for Canadian Charities
  • 1999: Wrote book the back door, an experiment or an alternative
  • 1992: Major recession hit Calgary-built vending company to fund Back Door
  • 1991: Chairperson of Adolescent Needs Network consisting of over 100 non-profit agencies in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 1990: Sat on task force to create special housing concept in Calgary
  • 1989: Sat on task force to create street clinic in Calgary (CUPS)
  • 1988: Developed Back Door-Street Youth project
  • 1986: Sat on task force to create food program in Calgary schools
  • 1985: Worked with community group to develop “Children’s Milk Fund”
  • 1984: Organized buyers group for school computers in Canada
  • 1983: Created adult confirmation program.
  • 1982: Special studies on the concept of change.
  • 1981: Special studies on the Urban Church and the Community Center Wash. D.C.
  • 1980: Special studies on the Spiritual Pilgrimage of William Barclay and Wilbur Smith
  • 1979: Worked with the Public School System concerning school closure issues

(Workshops or lectures since 2002)

  • 2011: A Discussion on Purpose,  Minnesota Valley Action Center
  • 2009: Alberta Public Workers Union Pay & Social Equity Seminar
  • 2007: Minn. School of Business-Philosophy of Ethics, Interpersonal Relations
  • 2006: St. Louis County Health and Human Services Conference
  • 2006: Victoria British Columbia, Rotary and United Way Spoke on the subject of Contracts and Bonuses toward Social Change
  • 2006: Hamline University-Starting a Non Profit and Fundraiaing
  • 2006: Vanderbilt Univ. Idealist.Org, Seminar on Developing Community
  • 2005: Minnesota Work Force- Use of Contracting and Incentives
  • 2005: Whitworth College, Spokane-Developing Community
  • 2005: Columbia, Missouri The Intersection
  • 2004: Emphasis on visiting Minnesota Service clubs, Rotary, Lions, Optimists
  • 2003: Bishop O’Byrne High School Grad. Retreat, Calgary
  • 2003: Univ. of Iowa-Risky Business Conference
  • 2002: Dr. Min Colloquium, Howard University
  • 2002: Willson Lectures-Oklahoma City University
  • 2002: Reclaiming Lost Kids Conference-Rapid City South Dakota
  • 2002: St. Cloud State: Sociology Conference about Youth at Risk