I was born into a farming community in central Kansas, so I learned to operate farm machinery and take care of livestock at an early age. I got interested in flying when my dad arranged for a penny-a-pound airplane ride at a local airport when I was 6 or 7 years old. From that time on, I was fascinated with airplanes. I started flying model airplanes but abandoned them at age 15 when I started taking flying lessons. I soloed on my 16th birthday, got my private certificate at 17 and my commercial certificate at 18.
I graduated from Hesston High School in Hesston, Kan. in 1971 and attended LeTourneau College to obtain my A&P mechanics certificate. I interrupted my LeTourneau education to spend a year at Word of Life Bible Institute. I did this because I felt God calling me to do something more than just airplanes. At Word of Life, I met the girl who would become my wife five years later. I returned to LeTourneau and finished my A&P training. Then I returned to Kansas to work on a research and development project building small jet airplanes. After several years, I returned to LeTourneau as in instructor in Aviation Technology.
Education and Training
FAA Inspection Authorization Renewal, March 2005
FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner, March 2005
M.S. Technology, Vocational Education, University of Texas, 1989
Added an instrument rating to my flight instructor certificate 2004
Service (Community Involvement)
I teach the college Sunday school class at Kilgore Bible Church.
I am the academic advisor for the Aero Design team
First and foremost, I’m at LeTourneau because this is where God has placed me. I enjoy teaching because I love to see students excel. It gives me great joy to be able to help students understand new concepts. I enjoy the challenge of making the material as easy as possible to understand.