I was born in Colombia, South America, the youngest of four children
of missionary parents. We lived in a rural area in northern Colombia,
so I grew up speaking Spanish before I learned to speak English. Through
this childhood experience, and my father's interest and example, I gained
an early appreciation for cultural and linguistic diversity.
I attended Carmel Colony School in the mountains of Magdalena Department
in Northern Colombia, where I first met the Kogi Indians.
I came to the United States for high school at Ben Lippen School,
then in Asheville, NC. After graduating, I studied at Columbia Bible
College, where I earned a B.A. in Biblical Education in 1974. I also
studied linguistics, anthropology and computer science at the Universities
of Oklahoma, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas (at Arlington), earning
Masters degrees in Linguistics and Computer Science, and a Ph. D.
Most recently I earned an M.Ed. in Higher Education (2004) from Dallas
Baptist University, and an M.A. in Communication from Spring Arbor University to help me do a better job of teaching intercultural
My educational interests and thirst for knowledge have led to a personal
commitment to life-long learning. Most recently, this has led to independent
study and research in various aspects of Web design, computer graphics
and graphic design. This in turn has prepared me to teach these subjects
to others, including courses taught
at the university level.
I married Judy Carlson, who
had grown up in Peru, South America, the oldest child of a missionary
We lived in Colombia for 14 years and our two children, Christie
and Robin, were born there.