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I started preaching while still in Bible college, and am still at it more than three decades later. In 2003, God gave me the writing career I've always dreamed of, which added a whole new dimension to my life and ministry. Balancing two professions (pastor and author) isn't always easy, but I enjoy the challenge. Thankfully, I'm surrounded by a great supporting cast, including my wonderful wife, Marilyn, a great literary agent (Lee Hough), and a happy church family.
Our daughter, Michelle, made us grandparents for the first time this spring ('06). Little Alyssa Nicole Messina is on her way to a wonderful life. I mean, really. On her 6-week birthday she toured Busch Stadium in St. Louis with her grandpa. Now that's what I call getting off to a good start in life!
People often ask about my sax playing. I'm no Charlie Parker, but I've been sucking on reeds for almost forty years. I am a jazzer at heart, and am blessed to have the opportunity to play in the Poinciana Christian Church worship band every Sunday.