You've just uncovered something profound. You are taking the first, second, or even third step toward finding mentorship and companionship on this journey of life. In my eight years as a healthcare chaplain – six of which were spent exclusively with hospice patients – I have learned that many people die with many regrets... especially those whom dominant culture has labeled "successful." They regret spending too much time amassing wealth for their family when the family just wanted more time from them. They regret becoming a [fill in the blank], but what they really wanted to do was be a conductor, a sculptor, a stay-at-home father... And they regret having few people surrounding them in their final weeks and days. So when I congratulate you on uncovering something profound, know that I see you, and I appreciate the journey you are on.
I am a native Hoosier but I have lived in the Metro New York Tristate Area (southwestern Connecticut) for the past 11 years. Duly ordained and recognized by the Alliance of Baptists and the American Protestant Union, I have filled just about every role in ministry: from Children's and Youth Minister to Office Manager in my early years, from Chaplain to Church Musician, and currently from Church Planter to solo Pastor. In 2020, I also became an agent with New York Life Insurance Company and New York Life Securities, LLC. Finally, I live out my passions through contributing to my community as a board member, performing with professional and university-related musical ensembles, snuggling with my dog, reading poetry and nonfiction, participating in my men's group (see MKP.org), and staying fit.
My yearlong training through Health Coach Institute (HCI) qualifies me as both Life Coach and Health Coach. HCI is accredited for continual coach training by the International Coach Federation (ICF). I have also studied with the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) College of Exercise Science Master Trainer program, encompassing the following certifications: Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Weight Management, DNA-Based Fitness Coach, Corrective Exercise Specialist (preventing injury), Exercise Therapy Certification (injury recovery), and annual CPR/AED training. Additionally, I hold designations as Certified Senior Advisor and as a Certified Dementia Practitioner, demonstrating my commitment to serve helping senior adults and folks impacted by dementia in any way with the utmost respect and integrity.
As a professionally trained life coach – and with over a decade of experience as a healthcare chaplain, spiritual director, and pastoral psychotherapist with both a master's degree and a doctorate in Pastoral Care and Counseling – I have the tools and understanding to help you to create the life you dream about and get a renewed sense of selfhood.