“The Lost Crown of Colonnade” is my first novel.
I was born in Elmhurst, Queens, NY in 1950; graduated from Farmingdale High School, Farmingdale, NY, in 1968; from Houghton College, Houghton NY, in 1972, and I received a Master of Divinity Degree in 1976 from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in S. Hamilton, MA. I met my wife, Connie, during my sophomore year of college and we were joined in marriage on August 19, 1972. We have two grown daughters, Laura and Emily. Emily is engaged to Matt Gibeault and they live in Norwich, CT. Laura is married to Bernie Salvaggio. They have a three-year-old son, our only grandchild, a red-headed, blue-eyed bundle of energy.
After seminary, I served at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Troy, NH, working with my mentor, Pastor Christian. In October, 1976 I accepted a full-time call as Youth Pastor at the First Congregational Church of N. Brookfield, MA. While serving there I founded a teen Christian music group called “True Direction.” We sang throughout the country and recorded an Album in 1981.
I served there until 1984, when I received a commission from the US Navy Chaplain Corps. In the 20 years that followed, I served with Seabees, Marines, Surface and Submarine Fleets. Thanks to the Navy, I had the privilege of “seeing the world.”
At my Navy retirement ceremony in 2004 the pastor of our former church, invited me to return as Associate Pastor. So, after 20 years in the Navy, we returned to our “homeport” in Massachusetts. Since then I have served in that capacity, leading a variety of ministries.
I keep busy with my denomination, the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC), the Military Officers Association and the American Legion.
For years I ran for fun and competition. As I have grown a little older, I’ve pretty much replaced running with hiking and biking. They are a lot easier on my knees and they rhyme too! Other interests include Christian music, collecting old books and, obviously, writing.
I have a deep concern for the teens and young adults of our nation. My goal is to provide fun, wholesome adventures that both entertain and communicate hope in the perilous world of our day.