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On the plains of South Dakota stands a 40 foot silo with this inscription: Adam Kainer and Son 1951. It represented to all who could see, my father’s desire for me to join him as a full-time farmer. Instead, I chose to honor my heavenly Father’s call to the ministry. It wasn’t until I was completing my Master’s Degree that I made the decision to become an educator.
I had the good fortune to serve full-time as a secondary religion teacher for 40 years, teaching at Blue Mountain Academy in Pennsylvania, Platte Valley Academy in Nebraska, as well as Rio Lindo Academy and Loma Linda Academy in California. At times, I also served as a boys’ dean, physical education instructor, pastor, campus chaplain, and vice principal.
My favorite activities were sports including basketball, tennis, badminton, and table tennis. I enjoyed being involved in student intramural sports as a spectator, participant, and as a referee.
While teaching, I developed a passion for writing. This opened the door to serve on the North American Secondary Religion Textbook Committee for 25 years as an editor and writer. It was challenging work that I thoroughly enjoyed.
In 1977, I published my first book, Faith, Hope, and Clarity. After retiring in 2001, I continued writing resulting in the publication of numerous magazine articles and 25 books on a broad spectrum of religious issues, life philosophy, and world views.
I’ve had the opportunity to do occasional television interviews, seminars at teacher conventions, sermons in local churches and supervision of collegiate student teachers. One of my favorite roles is to happily act as sous chef for my lovely wife, Jeanie, for 60 years. Jeanie and I are blessed with 2 children, Judy and Perry, and 3 grandchildren, Michael, Stacy and Andrew, all pictured below (from L to R): Stacy, Andrew, Michael, Gordon, Jeanie, Perry, Lori, and Judy.