Raised on a farm in Michigan, Carl joined the U.S. Navy at 17 (Vietnam Era) and served aboard a nuclear ballistic submarine (Thomas Jefferson) and an aircraft carrier (Intrepid). After becoming a Christian in 1973, he completed his bachelor's and master's degrees, married his best friend Connie, and pastored with home mission (bi-vocational) and mega-churches in Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, New York, and Texas until 1986. He currently holds four master's degrees, a PhD in clinical and social work management from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PsyD in clinical psychology from George Fox University.
He has served as the superintendent of a private K-12 school; a medical social worker for a regional pediatric hospital; the clinical director for an in-patient adolescent psychiatric hospital; the clinical and program director for an in-patient adult psychiatric hospital; and a behavioral health specialist for two hospitals. He has taught (literally) from K-3 through doctoral-level programs with six universities. He has been honored with teaching and administrative awards and carries eight mental health and addiction licenses. He came to George Fox University in 1994 and serves as a tenured professor.
His favorite academic areas include mental health, social services, integration of faith and thought, models of leadership and management, post-modernist philosophy, the emergent church, and behavioral health. Carl has also launched several nonprofit organizations and loves working within the nonprofit community. He has served pro bono mental health and service needs within various communities since 1976.
He also enjoys research. His most recent research explored how Oregon physicians perceive health psychology. Prior research has focused on family violence, mandatory reporting practices of mental health practitioners, characteristics of employee motivation, how cognitions impact test-taking results, and how medical professionals view bio-ethics.
He and his wife Connie have three adopted children, nine grandchildren, and a spoiled Rat Terrier.