I was born and raised in the rural hills of northwestern Connecticut. After graduating from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, I attended Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center, Massachusetts. I was ordained as an authorized minister in the United Church of Christ in 1972, and have served churches in Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. I am married and the father of four adult children. In 1993, I received my Doctor of Ministry degree in Psychology and Counseling from Andover Newton, and in 2016, I completed a training program for Interfaith Spiritual Directors at the Silver Dove Institute in Burlington, Vermont. I am a member of Spiritual Directors International and live in central Vermont.