My Family

My daughter, Paige is 18 yrs old and a senior in high school, with plans to attend Cornerstone University this fall. She is the yearbook editor and an avid soccer player.  My son, Parker, is a 16 yr old junior in high school.  His first love is music, but he also runs both Cross country and track.

Dena & I have been married for 22 years.  We met at a small christian college.  Where else could a troubled teen from California and a straight and narrow girl from Iowa fall in love?  Thanks to God’s grace, we’ve made it inspite of our very different upbringings! 🙂

The four of us in Florida, enjoying our time together even more than usual, as we have a new appreciation for each day of life God gives!

  1. Melody Perrin says:

    I appreciate your sight so much. It seems what better way to keep everyone informed without having to repeat yourself. This allows people the opportunity to just have a regular conversation when they see you. It sure is both of you as I remember each day as I eagerly waited to read the blog from Jamaica the first year Noelle went as a Sophmore. I couldn’t wait to see what all of you were doing, it was as though I was just around the corner. Thank you for doing this I know it will and probably has already had a profound affect on many people. I lift you daily in prayer that God will encourage you through each day.

  2. Todd & Wendy Harker says:

    Our family is praying for all of you.

  3. Brian teachout says:

    Wow Patrick I’m so inspired by your story, I just barely heard about this! You may or may not remember us, Brian and sandy teachout, missionaries in old Mexico, and missionaries to the Hispanics here in Kansas city. Cornerstone supported us in Mexico for many years. I met you once when you asked me to preach to your youth one sunday morning. Brother, God bless you! I can’t imagine what you must be going through but I want you to know our prayers are with you. The path God has chosen for you is very very tough and painful and I don’t understand what you are going through, I may never will, but you must know by now that your new mission in life is clear. That is to bless us all with the peace that passes all understand that very few of us ever get to experience in its fullness. Now you are a missionary also, not to a different country, or culture but to a suffering people a people in anguish and maybe anger toward God. A people that need love, hope, and patience, a people that may not understand why they must traverse through these paths and yet must for whatever reason. Sandy and I will be praying for you, your family and your mission! God bless you my brother, I know there are very few words on this planet that can comfort you through these times and maybe each one of us that write to you hope something can be said to comfort but I know how futile empty words can be. “Jesus” is the only word I can come up with. We love you brother!

  4. Steve says:

    Hi Patrick,

    My name is Steve Mills, I’m Dan Mills’ brother. We may have gone to the same small school if it is the same one Danny went to. Speaking of Danny, did you know that he is the IT manager at Cornerstone now.

    My wife and I are missionaries in Togo W. Africa. We came home early this year due to health issues. To make a long story short I found that Crystal Light was making my situation worse and when I stopped, I had a sudden change in my thinking process. After going to Mayo clinic I was diagnosed with mild-Parkinson’s Disease. They poked and prodded and came up with this diagnosis. We are unsure of the future but I like you have resigned myself to a shorter than normal life span.

    Thank you for the clear message of Salvation in your testimony/blog.


  5. Gloria Jessie says:

    Hi Patrick,

    I was so bummed to hear of your and your family’s struggle with ALS. But you are still inspiring so many in spite of it all.

    My prayers go up to the Throne Room for you all.

    Grace and peace to you,
    Gloria Jessie

  6. Amy Zobel says:

    Thank you for Jesus shining through your lives. I am a fellow alumnus from BBC (1995) who married a man from Iowa. 🙂 I will be praying for your family as you walk this journey.

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