I (real name: Patrick) am a Vietnam veteran, formerly a Roman Catholic, and am an ordained minister (Southern Baptist), who later joined a church in the PCA
denomination. I bi-vocationally pastored a new Reformed church in Pinellas County , FL for a few years and then spent many years as a wireless communications technology expert at companies such as GTE, Alcatel, Motorola, Intel Corp., and General Dynamics. I have taught grad/undergrad electrical engineering and computer science courses at Southern Illinois University, DePaul University, and Augusta Technical College. Today, along with my son, I maintain a wireless communications engineering intellectual property consulting business specializing in forensic patent analysis (purchases, licensing, or litigation of patents).
I have degrees in electrical engineering (Ph.D./BS), adult education (MS), divinity (MDiv), and an additional Licentiate in Sacred Theology
certificate (two years of study beyond a MDiv required for Roman Catholic seminary teaching). After seven years of study, contemplation, teaching, and discovering Jansenism while in the Jesuit religious order, I left Romanism for Protesantism. Very soon afterwards I fully adopted the Reformed view of the doctrines of grace.
In theology, Iím a Calvinist, creationist, inerrantist, cessationist, classical Christian theist, and moderately preterist. On the sacraments, I take them to be symbolic. I regard other issues in sacramentology as secondary to this primary position. I believe in the primacy of divine revelation within innately perspicuous Scripture. In ethics, I subscribe to traditional Christian morality, rooted in Godís revealed law as the source and standard of personal and social ethics. I also hold to a infralapsarian theodicy. I subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith.
In July 2008, I founded the Reformed Theology Institute (RTI) for the express purpose of providing a place where like-minded persons can come together and dialog in a civilized manner about the many aspects of the Reformed faith.
I have been married for 34 years to a woman who makes me want to be a better man every day. Valerie taught mathematics at a local community college here in Chandler, Arizona. Valerie and I were born and raised in New York City. We met while we were both individually visiting Disneyland, California. I have one wonderful son, Kenneth, whom I home-schooled from grades four to twelve. Kenneth graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems.
Lastly, I am the 1994 founder of the Ask Mr. Religion
(AMR) theology Q&A service. The AMR service has provided confidential, custom, fee-based, theology research for academic theologians, and private individuals (mostly seminarians) since 1994.