I am a ordained minister and former missionary to Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) Africa with the Church of the Nazarene. I have gained my experience in translating and interpreting "in the real world" of publication work, frequent public speaking, and dealing on a daily basis with ordinary people in Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking communities.
My bachelor's degree is in Spanish (Southern Nazarene University, 1980, summa cum laude), with an emphasis on secondary education and a minor in German. I speak, read, and write Spanish quite well. I have pastored two different Hispanic congregations, one in Illinois and one in Kentucky.
My Portuguese expertise has come from a combination of personal study and living and working in Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa (Republic of Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique) for fifteen years. I have published a Portuguese translation and expansion of our church's catechism for new members in Mozambique.
My English writing and editing skills are excellent. My father was an editor in our church's publishing house, and every paper I wrote all through school was thoroughly reviewed and critiqued before I turned it in. As a doctoral candidate, I have edited two colleagues' doctoral dissertations.
In addition to my bachelor's degree in Spanish, I earned a Master of Divinity degree (Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1986, magna cum laude), and currently I am a Ph.D. candidate in Intercultural Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. I expect to complete my doctorate by May, 2012.
I am 51 years old; I have been married to Paula Troutman for 31 years; and we have two grown sons in their 20s.