I am signing up for the “Understanding and Answering Islam” online stream for Jan. 11-12. It is my first time taking an RZIM course. I have seen numerous RZIM conferences on YouTube, but this my first formal enrollment.
Currently, I am celebrating my 15th year as an 8th grade public school teacher in NJ, near Newark Airport. I love my job! It is, however, my second career. Prior to education, I was in showbiz. I was an actor and comic. for 10 yrs. I mostly worked in theatre and traveled the country as a performer.
My wife Diane and I have been married for 16 yrs. We’ve known each other for a total of 28 yrs. During our friendship and dating, she became a Christian. In turn, she began talking to me about the Bible, Jesus, and salvation. After some kicking, screaming, and denying, the Lord opened my eyes, my mind, and my heart. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior in 1998. Of course, my testimony is a bit longer than this brief introduction, but this is good enough for now.
We have a 9 yr. old daughter - Mia. She keeps us busy. She loves to talk. My wife Diane was also an actress. Since Mia has 2 performers as parents, it’s no surprise that she’s a ham. She is learning tennis and guitar. Recently, her rendition of “Jingles Bells” actually began sounding like “Jingle Bells!”
Currently, I am earning my master’s in English and Global Studies at Liberty University online. It’s quite a bit of hard work, and sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode, but it the experience has been rewarding. The professors and staff are top notch!
I look forward to being a part of this RZIM online community!
Cheers and Happy new Year!