I was born and raised with my six sisters and five brothers in Bakersfield, California where we lived with our parents on a farm. I attended Buena Vista Elementary School, Garces Memorial High School, and graduated from Bakersfield College. I married my wife, Mira and we adopted four wonderful children and have seven beautiful grandchildren, and three dogs. Mira and I have always gone to Church, but it wasn’t until 1975, after attending a service at Hume Lake Christian Camp, that we accepted the Lord. From that point on we dedicated our lives to serving Him in many different areas in ministry.
After Mira and I got married I went to work for PG&E. Then joined the California Highway Patrol where I worked for 18 years. While working for the California Highway Patrol I became a field training officer. I developed a training manual for the C.H.P’s Santa Fe Springs Office for which I received a commendation from the Area Commander. I worked for the C.H.P as an Emergency Medical Technician as well as the C.P.R and first aid instructor. I was sent to Sacramento’s C.H.P Academy to become a drug recognition expert and often testified in court as such. I was the public Affairs Information Officer for the Bakersfield C.H.P office during the, “55 Mile and Hour Campaign”.
I did my first prison ministry work with the Bill Glass Day of Champions, and Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship. I did ministry at the Taft Federal Prison, Wasco State Prison, Kern Valley State Prison, Fresno County Jail, and Fresno County Detention Center. On August 4, 2008 I was hired by Prison Ministry of America as a Chaplain for the Lerdo Detention Facility in Bakersfield, California. I was also invited to participate in the Kern County Sheriff’s Department Chaplains’ Corps. to assist the Department with various functions and community events. I completed the extensive Peace Officer Standards & Training through the C.H.P. I hold Basic, Intermediate, & Advanced P.O.S.T. certificates. I completed Crisis Intervention Training through the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. I also completed a course through Talbolt College called, “Grief, Crisis, & Trauma”, taught by instructor and author H. Norman Wright. I have completed the basic and advanced courses of Critical Incident Stress Management, taught by F.B.I Chaplain Instructor, Naomi Padget. I have renewed my CSAC ll certificate from the Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Institute. I also have my Peace Officer Standards & Training certificate in Chaplaincy. I have completed other Chaplaincy courses as well as the Suicide Assist Training through the Kern County Mental Health Department. In addition, I completed a forty hour class though Kern County Mental Health for Critical Intervention. I recently completed a communications class through the Kern County Mental Health Department. I have completed the Prison Rape Elimination Act training along with the Child abduction and Sex Abuse Class. I’m continually taking classes to keep up to date for new and improved methods on how to better serve the inmate population and prison staff.
I have introduced various programs such as Prison Fellowship Bible Studies, Celebrate Recovery, and Operation Angel Tree. I have completed the classes for, “Parents on a Mission”, and I am currently working with Inmate Services and Population Management to expand our programs. I do one on one prayer sessions with inmates and Department Staff members whenever they request help. I do death notifications and work closely with the Kern County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office. When requested by Department Staff, I do debriefings when there is a crisis or an officer dies on or off duty. I do invocations at various Department and Community functions. I have taught the cadets at the Kern County Sheriff’s Training Facility in regards to the functions and duties of the Sheriff’s Chaplain and how the deputies and staff interact with Chaplain Service. I work closely with Social Services and Child Protective Services. I’m enrolled with the Breining Institute and Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Institute. I am a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the Southern California Chaplains’ Association.
I am currently working as a Chaplain at the Kern County Sheriffs’ Lerdo Detention Facility. I feel his is where the Lord has brought me to minister His love. I have a real heart for the lost and broken-hearted inmates. Having worked here seven years I realize the impact that true forgiveness has on these inmates. I have worked with so many hurting individuals and have seen so many miracles take place in their lives. I am truly blessed by God and by PMA to be given his opportunity to serve Him.