I was born in Great Falls, Montana. My dad was in the Air Force so we lived in Puerto Rico, Great Falls, Philippines, Rantoul IL, and Gibson City, IL. I received my B.S. at Southwest Baptist University and my M.S. at Illinois State University. I married my high school sweatheart, Lori, in June of 1987. We have two adult children, Kristen and Taylor, who are both married. I also have a grandson. My free time is spent at church and with my church friends because of my faith in Jesus. I also enjoy long runs on the Constitution Trail, shooting guns, and spending time with my family.