Returning Home after More Than Half-a-Lifetime Away (part II…All was not lost after all.)
I was born here in Wichita, Kansas, in Wesley Hospital, still the main University of Kansas teaching hospital in Wichita. I left in 1984, having spent 16 of my first 21 years here with a five year hiatus in Manhattan from 1st-5th grades where my mother took her masters in guideance and counseling. I attended Allen Elementary in Wichita for kindergarten, Northview Elementary in Manhattan, Caldwell Elementary for 6th grade, Curtis Junior High for 7th and 8th, Wichita Collegiate School 9th- half of 11th, and Wichita High School Southeast for half of 11th-12th where I graduated in 1981.
Although I won scholarships at WSU I planned matriculation to Grinnell College in Iowa where several of my friends had gone. I planned and imagined wide experimentation at Grinnell to see what there was in life that I might have been missing growing up in my relatively sheltered mid-continent environs. But going first to the University of Dallas for an economics seminar and then to Colorado for Bible camp I saw clearly that the path to a happy life and changing the world for good lied in serving Jesus and changing men’s (people’s) hearts though teaching the truth in love. So after a breif relocation to Ft. Collins I relanded in Wichita enrolled at Wichita State with an abundance of scholarship money. I began working in Dave Michael’s campus ministry and made some great life-long friends in Steve Zerger and Bill White. Greg Nevil was the "Pulpit Minister" at Elpyco St Church of Christ where I went to church in those days. In fact I’d been pretty involved in the JOY Bus ministry, Elpyco Teens for Christ.