Pray not for lighter burdens, pray instead for stronger backs.
I am the Lead Pastor at Loveland United Methodist Church, a congregation in Suburban Cincinnati.
My most recent competition was USA Powerlifting's National Championships in Las Vegas on June 8, 2022. I won my division! I lifted in the 67.5 kg weight class (18.5 lbs.), the 60-70 age group. I squatted 150 kg (330lbs), 165 kg (365 lbs.), and missed a try at 170 ( 374 lbs). I benched 110 kg (242 lbs.), missed a second attempt at 120 kg (264 lbs.), but then made 120 kb (264 lbs) on my third attempt for an American Record. I dead lifted 185 kg (405 lbs.), and then missed two attempts at 206 (453 lbs), which would have been another American Record. My total was 470 kg (1,034 lbs.).
My next most recent competition was the Masters of Iron Pro at the Arnold Sports Festival on March 4, 2022. I was lifting in the over 60 age group (M3), 67.5 kg (148.5) weight class. I squatted 165 kg (365 lbs), benched 117.5 kg (260 lbs), and dead lifted 205 kg (450 lbs), for a 487.5 kg (1,072.5 lb) total. I tried 215 kg (475 lbs), but it popped out of my hands at the top. The bench, dead lift, and total are all new American Records.
I was worried that I had peaked at my last competition, the Beyond Limits Classic in Reynoldsburg, Ohio on Feb. 12, 2022. It was the first time I was lifting in the over 60 age group (M3). I am in the 67.5 kg (148.5 lbs.) weight class. I squatted 165 kg (365 lbs.), which is the first time I have gotten it since I ripped a quad trying it in 2014. I benched 110 kg (242 lbs.), which leaves some room for improvement. I deadlifted 215 kg (475 lbs.) because it was feeling good. My total was 490 kb (1,078 lbs.).
My next meet will likely be the Arnold in March, 2023, and then Nationals in the Fall.
My first powerlifting competition was the Auburn Open (upstate New York) in 1983. I placed 4th in the 123lb. weight class, but loved the experience.
My next accomplishment was to be President of the Cornell Weightlifting Club.
In 1987 I won the American Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation's (ADFPA) National Championship in the 132lb weight class.
That qualified me to compete in the World Drug Free Powerlifting Association's (WDFPA) first ever World Championship, establishing world records in the squat, bench press, and dead lift.
I won the ADFPA Nationals and the WDFPA World Championships again in 1994, 1995, and 1996.
It has also been my honor to be an Olympic Chaplain for the athletes in the Olympic Village during the Centennial Games in Atlanta in 1996.