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Community Life Director
(615) 256-2123, ext. 401
Occupation(s): Assimilation & Connection @ Belmont, Worship Leader, Free lance writer
Education: The Road
Family: My best friend & wife Sandy (1999), mightily blessed with two boys, Samuel David, ‘The Sensitive Artist’ (2003) and Paul Barak ‘The Joyful Bruiser’ (2006)
Hobbies: Collecting old books with crisp yellow pages, cooking without recipes, growing cactus, bird watching, hiking, more books, playing sports, taking my boys for a cruise in our 1960 Ford Pick-up truck, driving ranges & putting greens. I grew up in the Frozen Tundra, long winters and forced inside, so for better or for worse I also happen to be a very polite card player.
Likes: Worship, people, San Diego weather, early mornings, Greenwich Village, autumn, laughter, six inch birdie putts, the beauty of all God’s creation, being somewhere I’ve never been before, God’s undeniable grace and unrelenting love
Scripture: The Book of Romans. “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point…well, that trusting him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer Gift” Taken from Romans 4 –The Message
Books: (For the Time Being) Annie Dillard, anything written by Annie Dillard, (Morning & Evening) Charles Spurgeon, (Blue Like Jazz) Donald Miller, (Lonesome Dove) Larry McMurtry, yep, a cowboy book, (Anna Karenina) Leo Tolstoy, The Works of Robert Frost, Smithsonian Magazine, Hemingway, Lewis, Chesterton, this is simply an unfair question… Movies: Lord of the Ring Trilogy (Return of the King), Second Hand Lions, Saving Private Ryan, Most Any Spy Espionage Movie, Most Any Documentary
Albums: Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, John Prine, Don Potter, Zadok Worship Series, …just pick one.
Web-Site: iTunes.com, ESPN.com
Quote: “If you let Him, you will like what He makes of you.” – Don Finto
(615) 256-2123, ext. 330
Occupation: Community Life Pastor.
Education: Father Ryan H.S.,
B.A. in Psychology from the University of Memphis.
Family: Wife Judy, stepson Michael, grandsons Cody and Mao.
Hobbies: Music (listening and playing), guitars and amps, golf.
Likes: Spending time with friends, eating out, live music, playing
guitar with my combo, The Partners In Crime.
Dislikes: Sauerkraut, sitting through graduations, when people won't
Books: The Bible, Dune by Frank Herbert, Fearless Faith by John Fischer, Boundaries by Cloud / Townsend.
Movies: The Thing From Another World (the original
1951 version), Gladiator.
Quote: "A human being should be able to change
a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design
a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall,
set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate,
act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently,
die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert
(615) 256-2123, ext. 223
Cotton picker, factory worker, grocery store clerk, math teacher,
church administrator, district pastor.
BA in math, MA in adult education
Married Mary in 1973; two children, Matthew (born 1976 and
now married to Kristin) and Christy (born 1978 and now married
to Lino Nuniz)
Tennis, basketball, hiking, reading, travel
Hanging with my kids, pastoring people, walks with my wife,
loyalty, a lot of humor, movies and plays
whining, inconsiderate drivers, people taking themselves too
Books: Chronicles of Narnia, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, and books by John Grisham and Jan Karon (the Mitford series)
Movies: Fiddler on the Roof, The Sting, Princess
Bride, What About Bob
Quotes: "Live life to the fullest"