I was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I put my faith in Christ as my personal Saviour at the age of seven. My father was a church organist and choir director, and I was exposed early on to a wide variety of good music.
I attended Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale University College) and the University of Windsor, earning a Bachelor of Religious Education degree, as well as a B.A. in History.
After graduation, I engaged in vocational ministries for about 40 years, serving the Lord as a director of music, and as the senior pastor of several congregations. I also taught both Bible and music courses at Briercrest Bible College (Caronport, Saskatchewan), and Millar College of the Bible (Pambrun, Saskatchewan).
For the past decade I have written a weekly newspaper column on the subject of English hymnody, so far covering the history and biblical themes of over 600 selections. I have scripted and hosted two weekly radio programs that featured this material, have conducted many community hymn sings, led seminars on sacred music, and even taught basic hymnology to children (Grades 7-8).
I am a long-time contributor to the Cyber Hymnal, where the compiler has posted words and music (audio) for over 8,200 hymns ( www.hymntime.com/tch ). I also have my own website (www.Wordwise-Bible-Studies.com) which contains dozens of articles and Bible studies.
About My Beliefs
To help you to understand where I’m coming from: When I call myself a Christian, I mean that I have put my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal and only Saviour from sin. My theology is conservative and evangelical. I hold to a literal interpretation of the Scriptures, and the fundamentals of the apostolic faith.
To boil it down to three basics, I believe in…
¤ The Inspired Book, the Bible, as my final authority (II Tim. 3:16-17)
¤ The Precious Blood of Christ shed to pay my debt of sin (I Pet. 1:18-19)
¤ The Blessed Hope of Christ’s imminent return (Tit. 2:13)
*For further information on my personal beliefs you can check out my Web site: Wordwise Bible Studies*