Who I Am
I am a speaker, author, and blogger. I help wounded souls to find safety in the arms of a Heavenly Father where they can experience the hope and healing He longs to give.
As far as my personal life is concerned, I am a Hoosier since birth and currently live in South Bend, Indiana. I am the husband of one wife (one of God’s many good ideas) and am the father of three grown children. Although I still struggle with feeling too young to be a grandfather, I have adjusted to the role quite well and thoroughly enjoy my two grandsons.
I utilize my spiritual gift of creative communication through public speaking, story-telling, singing, worship leading, drama, and writing. I have served on the pastoral staff of two churches in my hometown of Highland, where I was also a chaplain for the police department. For five years I worked in the area of drug and alcohol prevention and education at New Leaf Resources, a faith-based counseling agency in Lansing, Illinois.
Operating with the motto, “If it’s not broken, break it,” I rather enjoy challenging the status quo, encouraging others to live in the freedom that God wants His kids to experience.
My deepest desire is to help those whose circumstances have caused them to struggle in their faith to discover the hope and healing that a loving, intimate relationship with the Heavenly Father can bring.
I grew up with an alcoholic father and credit my survival to an unwavering belief in and ever-deepening relationship with God, as I have come to know Him. I readily and passionately share how He continues to bring healing to my life.
Perhaps my empathy for those who are hurting and often misunderstood is best reflected in my personal mission statement: To make an eternal difference in the lives of people by helping them to experience the love, healing, and grace of the Heavenly Father.
Aside from writing, speaking, and coaching, I enjoy singing, traveling, camping, and spending time with my family.
Three of my primary obsessions are:
Reading. Among my favorite authors are Erwin McManus, Francis Chan, and, my all-time favorite, John Ortberg. John Ortberg could write a grocery list and I would read it and get something out of it. Recently, I had the honor of meeting the author of The Shack, William Paul Young, who told me, "It took me fifty years to wipe the face of my dad off of God." More affirmation that more people than I know need to hear the message of my book, When Father is a Bad Word!
Gardening. I enjoy meeting with God in our beautiful back yard. I have a perennial garden featuring a pond with a waterfall as well as a collection of over 200 kinds of hostas.
Baseball. I am a lifelong White Sox fan. I was in attendance at the 1979 “Disco Demolition Game” and love to go to Arizona to catch spring training games. I am also a part of the White Sox Volunteer team, helping with service projects in the Chicagoland area. (Sorry about the shirt, Cub fans. Well, not really.)
The words of Proverbs 3: 5-6 have provided great encouragement in my life: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
But it is the two preceding verses (Proverbs 3: 3-4) that comprise my life's verse: Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
I post weekly blogs which may be found on this website, as well as on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter. My blogs are all geared toward helping readers grow in their relationship with the Heavenly Father by dealing with relevant issues such as:
The relationship we have with our fathers has a profound effect on every human relationship we have on this earth. Furthermore, it plays a crucial role in shaping the relationship we have with God, our Heavenly Father.
My book, When Father is a Bad Word, will take you on a journey--a journey toward discovering a Father who we can trust, a Father who will never leave us, a Father who wants nothing more than to have a loving, intimate relationship with His kids. When our earthly fathers let us down, our Heavenly Father awaits us with open arms. In His embrace we find the hope and healing we're looking for.
The When Father is a Bad Word Study Guide is now available! Whether it is used for individual reflection or in a small group setting, this guide will help you to go deeper in your relationship with and understanding of your Heavenly Father.
"Kuiper's writing is humorous, personal, deep, and loving. The book is a joy to read."
"I've never enjoyed reading a book like I have this one."
"A beautiful gift of literature. Reading this book was like the author and me having a conversation face to face."
"A wonderful book about broken relationships, forgiveness and how to put your heart into a condition which is capable of accepting God’s love."
"Once I started it, I couldn't put it down and finished it in a weekend!"
"This book brought me new insight into the undeserved love I receive from my Father in heaven."
"I think my favorite part was when you described sitting in Jesus's lap...it brought tears to my eyes. Your book will be a huge blessing to everyone who reads it."
"A wonderful effort by a thoughtful writer who shares his story with warmth and humor. Loved it!"
"No matter what your dad was like, this book is insightful and helpful. No dad is perfect, but our Heavenly Father is and this book will help you piece together your personal puzzle."
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Life's too short. We seriously need to laugh more!
No matter what your relationship with your earthly father was like, God is a good, good Father who treasures His kids.
In this episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith provides a poignant portrayal of the pain of fatherlessness.