After majoring in Biology at Brown University, I went on to medical school in Kentucky and postdoctoral residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester. During my training in the socially troubled early 1970’s a medically cataclysmic event occurred down the road from us in Attica, NY, when the prison, state, and nation were rocked with a terrible jail riot that resembled a war massacre. I went in to study what had led to this catastrophe and came away committed to getting to the bottom of things. It was a spiritual journey that took me into the inner city to serve and deep into myself, my beliefs, and my need for God. Some of this journey was chronicled in an unusual literary work called Hydra that I assembled in 1973 and which awaits completion.
After coming to an awareness in 1974 that the God of the universe was alive, well, and cared not only for me but for all mankind, I went through a conversion experience and came out the other side with the heart of Luke, even more energized to be a vital part of the solution to the troubles that plague us – a passion that my wife and I have shared since before we married over 43 years ago. We moved into the heart of our city, raised our family there, and opened a faith-based clinic right around the corner which has grown into a wide-ranging nonprofit organization, His Branches, that operates a multi-site Federally Qualified Health Center serving thousands of inner city residents.
Over the years I have been impressed with the deep connection between our Christian faith and its Hebrew history and roots and have published a significant amount about this vital connection on our community website.
Over the years our family has continued to be blessed with our 4 wonderfully grown children (now with 4 matching spouses) and 7 healthy and delightful grandchildren. We remain deeply invested in our extended family, church, community, and professions.
In July 2018, 40 years after founding His Branches, Susan and I “graduated into retirement” and have been captivated by a divine interest in the advancement of the Kingdom of God. HisKingdom.Us represents some of the flowers and fruit of that interest.