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I was born and raised in a small denomination called the Apostolic Christian Church. I was baptized at the age of 14 in Phoenix Arizona.
In December of 1983, I was sent as a missionary to Brazil to work with an organization called Project Amazon. I worked in a boat factory as manager and factory supervisor and oversaw the construction of over 40 houseboats, 1 yacht, and a Catamaran Hospital boat for church planting use along the Amazon River.
I married my wife Sandra who is a Brazilian national in July of 1985 and we assumed the pastorate of one of the Project Amazon churches in 1988. In 1990, my wife and I were sent as church planters to the state of Amapá, where we planted three churches for Project Amazon.
In December of 2009, we were invited to join a church planting endeavor in Southern Florida. We accepted the invitation and turned the last church in Brazil over to the Brazilian Nationals.
In October of 2011, we made the move to Southern Florida where we currently reside. Our family is bilingual and we have been working with the Vine International.
In Brazil, I have written extensively in the Portuguese language in the area of Christian worker training. I have written Bible study guides, evangelistic tracts, and hundreds of small group lesson guides. From In Brazil my wife and I hosted a highly successful Christian radio program called "Overcomers on the air".
I maintain a Facebook page with over 1,800 fans called "Why be Holy if Salvation is by Grace?" http://www.facebook.com/why.be.holy where I have posted hundreds of short, pithy phrases and where I have published several articles in the notes section and have recently started a blog called “vinebrancher” http://vinebrancher.wordpress.com/
I was born and raised in a small denomination called the Apostolic Christian Church founded by Samuel H. Froehlich from Switzerland in the 1800's. I was baptized at the age of 14 in Phoenix Arizona.
I was born into a Christian family and as a small child was taught that I was a sinner and needed to develop my own spiritual life. On December 31, 1973, I was moved by an evangelistic sermon that spoke to me that I was not ready for the Lord's return. I was too nervous to go forward for the altar call so I left the building weeping and went outside to the car. In less than a minute, my father got in the car and led me in a prayer and I became born again right then and there. As a young teenager with the encouragement of my father, I developed healthy Bible reading and study habits. Soon I began teaching Sunday school and became the youth group leader. I soon discovered that my spiritual gift was in the area of teaching.