Work-life Coach, Pastor, Writer
No matter the context or role, I always find myself accompanying others towards threshold moments.
For the past thirty years, I have worked as a sales rep in the packaging industry to create and deliver increasing value; differentiated and tuned specifically to each client and organization I worked with. By day, I sold retail, club store, and industrial packaging, supported new product packaging launches, and counseled decision-makers with insights on best packaging practices, packaging materials, and optimal packaging configurations and palletizing for products.
My gifts as a pastor have been on display in a number of ways during my sales career through being collaborative, conscientious, curious, a good listener, a continual learner, calm and confident with a commitment to client goals, such as tracking progress, client scorecards, and goal orientation.
- 32 Years in Sales
- 32 Years in Pastoring
- Packaging Professional
- Ordained Minister
In recent years, this same set of pastoral skill sets has been focused on supporting and guiding sales reps as a peer mentor and young pastors as a spiritual director. One of the surprises of my post-graduate pastoral studies was being introduced to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th Century founder of the Jesuits. The Spiritual Exercises not only transformed my prayer life and led me to become a spiritual director, they also provided the framework for the journey that helped to map my way to becoming a writer and a coach.
Since 2016, a profound sense of calling has played out as I have worked with my employer to develop a peer mentor and coaching role with the company. In February 2020, I completed my professional coach training and become a professional member of the International Coach Federation (ICF)
I am a longtime resident of Seattle, Washington. I raised two sons, Sean & Nate. My wife, Lynn and I find great joy in urban townhouse living, in building relationships and community with the “best neighbors ever”, and in being grandparents to Hadley & Asher. We are members of the Choir of Hope, participants in two faith communities, North Seattle Church (Protestant) and Christ Our Hope Catholic Church.
I am also a professional member of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA), Soul Formation, Applied Improv Network (AIN Seattle) and a Benedictine Oblate with Westminster Abbey, Mission, BC.