Based since 1996 at what is now Fairfax, Virginia’s Cornerstone Professional Center, I am privileged to share journeys of moms, dads, husbands, wives, grandparents and adult-zone kids as they seek emotional, relationship, spiritual and physical well-being.
My work reflects a generational, family systems approach integrating research and biblical concepts shown to fast-track emotional and relationship restoration. Practical applications of this approach are found in my SaltRiver/Tyndale House book, Healing Your Family Tree, as well as in sections of Tending the Soul and Daily Seeds (Moody Press), occasional newspaper or magazine articles and church-based workshops.
Holding a Masters of Social Work degree from The Catholic University of America and an M.A. in Communications from Wheaton College, Illinois, my perspective is also seeded by prior service in communications posts in the U.S. House and Senate, teaching journalism and communications at an African Christian college, work as a writer in Chicago and definitely, by a husband, adult son and college daughter who are perpetual agents of delight, surprise, challenge and growth.
Inevitably, radar is also shaped by family history. Great-grandfather Billy, the family alcoholic, seeded dysfunctional roles and relationships seen generations later, yet his influence, pronounced guys in my Washington, D.C. homeless groups, gave me “eyes to see” their painful journeys. Resilient grandmother Eliza Jane, impoverished by widowhood in the Great Depression era, modeled courage, kindness and resourcefulness that influences long after her death. Love for God and a gentle spirit in my minister father Ralph nurtured faith that has been the anchor and rudder of my life since a very young age. But it was a death-defying childhood crisis that enabled otherwise unlikely access to that distancing father’s heart. Marginal family resources required working my way through college and grad school – which is to say, forced upgrades in competence, responsibility and resourcefulness in ways that might not have transpired with a cushier journey.
All of which I view with wonder as God’s molding factory, shaping us for his purposes and through us, customizing the imprint we leave on other lives.