I’ve had a pretty varied background. I’m a native of Massachusetts. I grew up in Grafton in the 50’s when it was still a very rural area—that’s no longer the case. In looking back, I had a pretty idyllic childhood—a solid family life, fields, trees, boyhood adventures, etc.
My primary focus from the age of about 10 was to become a musician. And that’s what I did. I received my degrees in musical composition (Bachelor of Music and Master of Music with Honors) from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
To help pay the bills while in college, I worked in an aircraft plant during the summer vacations, played piano in lounges, and had a very brief stint driving taxis (too scary an occupation for me at that time!).
Classical music was my profession for 34 years—as composer, pianist, and teacher. I’ve had performances of my works in the U.S.and Canada and taught hundreds of students.
Then in 1990 my life took an unanticipated direction. I re-met a woman that I had known in college 20 years before. In the interim she had become a Christian Scientist. I had been following a very different philosophy during that same time period and thought that I was all set. I fell in love with her and married her. During our courtship—and just out of a desire to understand what she so treasured—I purchased a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy—the woman who discovered and founded Christian Science.
As I began reading the book, some concepts rang immediately true. Others involved substantial intellectual wrestling.
But the thing that immediately spoke to me was that as I thought about these ideas, I saw healings of some physical ailments that I had since childhood. That was pretty impressive! I also noticed that at the same time my life, my behavior, my professional and personal activities, and relationships began to significantly improve.
For the next two years, I continued to think about Christian Science, apply its transformative ideas, and attend church services. I came to the inescapable conclusion that I was—there’s no other way to describe it—home. It was the truth that I had been searching for my entire life. It resonated so deeply with me and continues to do so daily.
Then in 1992 I decided to become a member of the Church. That same year I took a course in Christian Science healing. And 14 years later—after first having felt the confidence to responsibly heal not only myself and family, but others—I left my career as a professional musician to become a professional Christian Science practitioner.
From late 2007 until early 2012, I was privileged to have served The First Church of Christ, Scientist as the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Massachusetts. In that role I was the Church’s media and legislative liaison and spokesman for my home state. Helping the public understand the importance of Christian Science—what it is and what it isn’t, and how it has benefitted so many people from around the world—was an experience that I will always treasure.
When looking back on my life, I can see how all the supposedly disparate strands of my experience have come together as my understanding of Christian Science has grown—leading me to new and, for me, profound ways to help others through the healing practice.
Christian Science has opened doors that I would have never dreamed of—doors that have led to new ways of serving God and humanity. To new and varied experiences that have enriched my life. .And to a new sense of gratitude to God for all that He has and continues to give us—every moment of every day.
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