BIO - ABOUT
Bio - General Information
Randy is a Congregational (UCC) minister and pastor of the United Church of Oak Ridge, TN, writer, poet, Nature photographer, creative inspirational thinker, and certified naturalist. For 45 years he has studied the scriptures and spirituality and has read extensively the naturalist writings of Henry David Thoreau, William Bartram, John Muir, John Burroughs, John James Audubon, Aldo Leopold, and others, as well as Nature poets William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, William Blake, Mary Oliver, and Wendell Berry.
Among Randy’s passions are Nature photography and Nature writing, woodworking, and visiting America’s national parks. Seeing a connection between spirituality and the natural world, Randy finds in Nature a sense of the Sacred.
Education and Experience
Doctor of Ministry degree in Congregational Leadership, Meadville Lombard Theological School, 2004
Master of Arts in Literature, Tennessee State University, 1994
Master of Divinity, Memphis Theological Seminary, 1983
Bachelor of Science in Philosophy/Religion and English, 1979
Christian Minister, 1977-Present. Ministerial standing in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and United Church of Christ
Certified Naturalist through the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program through the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Books Published by The Pilgrim Press and Skinner House Books