What brought you to Otterbein?
Not “what”, but “who”: Mom (Jacque). The church had recently opened and it was lots closer than Westbrook Park, so here we are! I started here in 1965, left for a few years for college and returned with a lovely wife and a couple kids in 1983.
How long have you been in the ministry?
I started teaching Sunday School in the late 70’s while at Groesbeck UMC in Cincinnati, so it looks like about 40 years.
Tell me about your family.
I married my high school sweetheart, the gorgeous Miss Vicky Nicewander, in 1975. Our kids Kelly, Keith, Kyle, and Kris are all grown with kids of their own. Sure, we have our family foibles, but we dearly love our kids, their sig-oths and grandkids.
What are your hobbies/recreational interests?
Adult Christian Education; Amateur Radio; Camping; Stringed Instruments You Might Find in a Bluegrass Ensemble; Diesel Mechanics
What is your favorite quote?
“Take things always by their smooth handle”, Thomas Jefferson. I found this to be particularly true about soldering irons.
What was your first job?
Marketing and sales: I sold marbles to my classmates at Lohr. I bought them in bulk at W. T. Grant and sold them for a penny (300% markup).
What is your proudest moment?
Welcoming our kids into the world in the maternity ward.
What was your childhood ambition?
From about sixth grade, I knew that I wanted to be an “electronical engineer”.
What inspires you?
Hearing someone’s interest in and passion for a subject that I’m also passionate about.
What has God been teaching you lately?
That God *always* has something up His sleeve that is very likely going to wow my socks off.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Reaching 100 Q’s/hr in a CW contest. If you have no idea what that means, then let’s go with chips, dip, and Mountain Dew.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I’m here to serve Jesus, my wife, my small group (FaithKeepers), my pastor, my church, and my community. I love every chance to do that.