Jumping into HISstory

| From Joseph to Moses |


The Story reads like a novel, moving from one scene to another in what appears to be a rather short period of time. But the time span from Joseph to Moses is over 400 years. In God-time, that’s a blink of His eyes but for us in the U.S.A., we’d have to wait another 162 years before we celebrate 400 years as a nation.

That’s a long time, but as The Story tells us, God remembered. Remembered what? He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He also remembered the oppression of the Hebrew people in Egypt. I can’t even remember where I put my reading glasses five minutes ago, but God remembered…400+ years. It’s a good thing I have all my teeth.

A very reluctant Moses didn’t exactly jump into God’s story…he kind of stubbed his toe into the story and a nation was born….an enslaved people that nobody else wanted but God claimed for Himself. He will be their God and they will be His people.


I am a native of Circleville, Ohio, and in a long, roundabout way, I’ve “come back home.” My family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where I graduated from Nazarene Bible College. From there we relocated to Olathe, Kansas to attend Nazarene Theological Seminary. Our first pastoral assignment brought us back to the Buckeye State, serving in Marietta. After pastoring there for 4 years, we came to Pickerington in 1996 where we’ve served for the past 15 years. I’m a sports nut and enjoy the great outdoors (fishing, hiking, and biking). Family life is the really big deal for me. I’m married to Cathy, and we have 3 adult children (Michele Manson, Josh & Tiffany Manson, and Mary & Kyle McManamy). We also have 2 granddaughters, Isabella & Ava. I obtained my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

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