Staying open to God

Title: Rector, Anglican Church of the Word,Hollywood

Other job experience: Associate rector, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Port Salerno; served Episcopal churches in Jacksonville, Hartwell, Ga., and an Anglican parish in Highlands, NC; 25 years in finance and commerce, in banking and shipping industries in Florida, New York and London; history teacher; football and girls' track coach, Nebraska.

Other community posts: Armed Forces chaplain,Alexander Nininger State Veterans Nursing Home, Pembroke Pines; adjunct professor at Knox Seminary,Fort Lauderdale.

Education: Bachelor's degree, Hiram Scott College, now part of the University of Nebraska, Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Master of Divinity, University of the South School of Theology, Sewanee, Tennessee; doctor of ministry, Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, Georgia.

Personal: May 25,1948. Born in Leonia, N.J.

Family: Married to Audrey. Two children, three grandchildren.

A distinctive feature of your religion?

We combine traditions of the past and apply them to make them relevant to today's world. A typical service will feature scripture readings, the sermon and communion.

How did you get into your vocation?

I was always active in church and became very involved in the Cursillo movement. Through that, my faith deepened, and I began moving slowly toward a ministry vocation. I went to see our local pastor (in South Florida), and he wanted me to see the bishop. I saw him that day, and from that point on, every door opened. I knew God wanted me to take this path.


What's the one most mistaken impression about your faith?

That Christianity is a club for people to look inward. It's more about what you're doing to look outward and help others in the community and beyond.

How do you like to relax?

I like to play golf. I've been playing since I was a kid, and I don't play that well, but I enjoy it. I also like to fish, and I'm an avid reader.


What book have you been recommending lately?

I just finished "Valley Forge: George Washington and The Crucible of Victory" by Newt Gingrich. It looks at the perils faced by the soldiers during the American Revolution and how they endured tremendous hardship. It also highlights the fortitude of our leaders, and just reading about the common soldiers and what they did for our country is wonderful.