Biographical Information

My wife, Mary, and I are both natives of Norfolk, Virginia, and we have three children - David, Laura and Stephen. I was educated at the University of Virginia, earning a B.A. in history in 1967; and at the Lexington Theological Seminary, in Lexington, Kentucky, obtaining the Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in New Testament in 1970. We have lived in Kentucky since coming to seminary in 1967. I have served pastorates at the First Christian Church in Harlan, Kentucky; the First Christian Church in Owingsville, Kentucky; the First Christian Church in Burkesville, Kentucky; and am currently pastoring the First Christian Church in Albany, Kentucky. Along with my involvement in our local ministerial association and the Lake Cumberland Area Emmaus Community, I also serve as a substitute teacher.

 I had never heard of C.S. Lewis until I went to college; and, as a college student having to deal with questions about my faith, a friend suggested that I read Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. I really was impressed by the clarity and logic of the one and the humor and insight of the other. I soon began to read other Lewis books, especially his books that related to Christianity. I did not know for some time that he had died in the same year and on the same day as President Kennedy, which also was my first year at college. 

It was in 1969, while still in seminary, that I first heard portions of the Chronicles of Narnia read in a Christian coffeehouse. The wonder, the joy, the adventure, the awe-filled experience with Aslan, all gave new vision to me of what the Christian life could really be like in our world. So significant was this fresh spiritual experience with the Chronicles of Narnia that three years later, we named our first son, David Edmund, after Edmund, the child in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, for whom the real lion king, Aslan, had died. 

About 1975 further interest in Lewis led me to correspond with a literary society in New York which met monthly and read their own papers on C.S. Lewis to one another and then published them in a newsletter to anyone who wanted to join them. Named The New York C.S. Lewis Society, my association with them opened my horizon to C.S. Lewis's other more literary works. One thing led to another, and over the last 29 years I have collected a copy of and read almost all of the available articles and books that have been written by or about C.S. Lewis and his friends from about the 1930's up until today.

A contributor to the recently published, The C.S. Lewis Readers' Encyclopedia, I have been involved in various C.S. Lewis studies, workshops and conferences since 1975. In honor of the centenary of C.S. Lewis's birth, in November of 1998, I was privileged to present a lecture on Lewis, entitled "The Life, Work and Influence of C.S. Lewis," at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky on November 3rd as part of their Cultural Affairs program. That same week I was honored to also present a two-evening multimedia program entitled, "Two Evenings with C.S. Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia," for the Cumberland County Arts Council on November 6th and 7th at the First Christian Church in Burkesville. Later that same month I presented the program, "C.S. Lewis and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," for the 5th grade classes at the Cumberland County Elementary School after they had viewed the BBC video version of the book. I was then invited back for a reception to review and receive projects that they had done - such as posters, book covers, poems, letters, etc.- the week after I had made my presentation. 

In November of 1999, I attended the Taylor University "C.S. Lewis and Friends" conference and presented the paper, "Lewis in the Dock: A Brief Review of the Secular Print Media's Judgment of the C.S. Lewis Centenary," also leading a pre-session on  the life and work of C.S. Lewis. This paper was also published in the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society's Lamp-Post magazine.

In the summer of 2000 I was privileged to travel in Great Britain for twenty-five days, visiting first in Belfast, Crawfordsburn and Bangor, Northern Ireland; and then from London traveled by train and bus to Great Malvern, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Cambridge, and York; also going up to Huntly and Aberdeen, Scotland where George Macdonald was raised, before then coming back to London via Windermere and Grasmere in the Lake District.

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