Pray not for lighter burdens, pray instead for stronger backs.
I am the Lead Pastor at the Loveland United Methodist Church and the Morrow United Methodist Church, two congregations in South West Ohio.
My most recent competition was the Arnold Classic. I competed in the Masters of Iron Pro Finale on March 3, 2023. I lifted in the 67.5 kg weight class (148.5 lbs), the 60-70 age group. I squatted 150 kg (330lbs), 160 kg (352 lbs.), and missed a try at 165 (363 lbs). I benched 110 kg (242 lbs.), 115 kg (253 lbs), and set an American Record with 120.5 kg (265 lbs.). I dead lifted 185 kg (405 lbs), and an American Record 205.5 kg (452 lbs), and then missed an attempt at 212.5 kg (467 lbs) which would have given me an American Record Total. My total was 486 kg (1,069 lbs.).
My last meet before this 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 (148.5 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 meet will be the Master's World cup in Arlington, Texas on May 21, 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. I have been competing for 40 years.
In College I was the 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 in 1988, establishing World Records in the squat, bench press, dead lift, and total.
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.
The ADFPA has since become USA Powerlifting. I won Nationals as a Master (50-59 year old age group) in 2014.