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RevDrGeek!

In school I was always that kid; a distinction that has followed me through life, including into my secular career as well as into my Ministry.

One distinction about this page is that I hope to use it for both secular and spiritual things. God has gifted me in many skill sets — and has given me the privilege to learn from people across a diverse range of life experience; so I wanted to create a space where I could share some of what I've learned.

The biggest boost to my "geek side" came when my manager at Ford Motor Company approached me about learning web development. Over a three-year period, leading up to the early part of the year 2000, I learned the basics of web design, digital media, and information technology; and for the five years that followed that, Ford gave me a chance to refine those skills even further.

The culmination of all this training was my invitation to come to China, as a "Ford Expert," to work for Jiangling Motors.

About the Designer In Me

I have been creating custom web designs and applications since 1998. Recently, I have come to rely more on open source web design, to cut down on the amount of code and the troublesooting that I did in the early years. On the other hand, I do still enjoy tinkering with graphics — especially when there is something special I want, but can't find online.

As with Ministry, God blessed me to learn many things at Ford, that made it possible for me to keep up with the digital revolution. At the same time, I am no expert; however, I am always available to preachers, and pastors, and bishops ... to the Body of Christ, worldwide ... to help you find the right digital solution for your Ministry. Feel free to send me an email, or look me up on FACEBOOK.

Don't Know Anything About Design?

You can get a free Flash-based website, at wix.com, and and hundreds of beautiful HTML-based templates at Open Source Web Design. I edit using a free version of Evrsoft's First Page 2006™ software. Initially, my Ford Manager suggested an open-source sort of software called Arachnophilia. It is actually freeware, and works very well; but I prefer the preview feature in FirstPage, and the fact that I didn't have to download any other software to run it.

Stock.xchng has nearly half a million photographs and photo objects. I love the images at iClipart.com, and clipart.com. Unfortunately, you have to pay for a subscription, at both places. Over time it became harder and harder to find good, free clipart. Then I found the Open Clipart Library, and Clipate Etc., and things got much better.

Of course, Adobe Photoshop™ is the premier graphics-editing software, but Corel's Paint Shop Pro X5™ is $120 less; and there are plenty of free downloads, for older versions (Like Paint Shop Pro 7™, which is a very decent alternative to the paid versions.

Now ...

Time and space won't permit me to tell you, here, how to put all of these elements togther to make your own web pages; but if that is what you want to do get in touch with me, and I'll help in every ay I can.