I live my life by the simple principle that I will go where God leads. That’s how I ended up living in Peoria, Illinois with my wife (Theresa) of 20 years and our 9 amazing children. I am passionate about the practical implications of the good news of Jesus Christ, which brought me to my current job as executive vice president of Samaritan Ministries International. Samaritan provides health cost-sharing and burden bearing among over 50,000 households of similar and sincerely held beliefs. I am also involved in health care public policy as the president of the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries, and with a great team of friends recently helped launch the Morning Center.
My academic career has never gotten in the way of God’s calling on my life for very long. At various times, I have dropped out of 3 different not very prestigious colleges (names available on request). My knowledge of health care economics, health insurance, and health care public policy come from real life, in the trenches experience. You will not hear pedantic phrasing in my speaking, just direct and down to earth explanations. And in the spirit of changing gears as often as possible, I recently (December 2014) graduated from the EMBA program at Bradley University.
If you want to invite me to speak at a conference, on a radio show, or at a confirmation hearing, I will be very pleased. Just to assure you that I will not embarrass you in front of your listeners, this is the part where I mention offhandedly that I’ve been interviewed by Time Magazine, the CBS Evening News, Fox and Friends, U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Post, Al Jazeera America, and many, many others. I will be especially excited if you send a limo like Fox News did.
I am especially passionate about the Morning Center. The Morning Center is a ministry to offer gospel centered maternity care in the needy inner cities. Our pilot location recently in Memphis, Tennessee and is responsible for greeting over 100 newborn babies there. It provides free, quality medical services as part of a beautiful birth experience to pregnant women in need. The launch of the Morning Center project is part of a vision for private charity radically changing the quality of health care in America.