I have lived most of my life on our farm near Elm Creek. I started farming with my father while I was going to Winkler Bible School. I grew up going to a country church from birth and have been involved as a Sunday School teacher, youth worker, and various boards and committees and in various leadership roles. The nature of a smaller rural church is that everyone has to help out with the work in one or more areas.
My mother led me to the Lord when I was twelve or thirteen years old. I was baptized by immersion on the confession of my faith shortly after that.
Gloria and I celebrated our fortieth anniversary this past June. We are blessed to be parents to four children, and their spouses. We are also blessed to be grandparents to ten grandchildren. Right now we are transitioning the ownership of our farm to our two sons. We will continue to help on the farm in a reduced role. This should free me up to give some time to be more involved in church activities. As I will not be an owner of the farm I am stepping back from some of the agricultural boards and committees that I have had leadership roles in. My committee and board involvement have been at Winkler Bible Camp, local coop board, church boards at a previous church, and also the chair of a provincial commodity association board.
Gloria and I came to Grant in 2007 when we felt it was time to find a new church. We felt at home from the first time we came here. We became involved in hosting soon after we came here. We enjoy meeting new people and this ministry has given us much joy. We have also done a few short term mission
trips which also have given us much joy. My opinion is that we all need to be involved in the organizations that are part of our lives. GMBC has blessed us richly over the sixteen years we have been here and becoming an elder is one more way I can be involved and give back to the community in Grant.