After fifty years of Christian ministry in parish and institutional settings I have accumulated a wealth of insights and experience that I believe is worth recording and passing on to the next generation. I have received an extensive formal education in well quallified and accredited insitutions of higher education: BA - Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio; M.Div. - Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; D.Min. - Luther Rice Theological Seminary; as well as continuing education in Clinical Pastoral Education, Clinical Psychology and ethics in such universities as Duquesne University (Pittsburgh), The University of Pittsburgh and the King's Fund College (London, UK). Even at present I am taking undergraduate courses at Pitt in anthropology.
I have been blessed to have served congregations in the United Methodist and United Presbyterian (USA) denominations. I was the first non-Roman Catholic Chaplain at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. I establiched the Department pf Pastoral Care for the Sewickley Valley Hospital near Pittsburgh and was a founder of Family Hospice and Pailiative Care at which I later served for six years as a Spiritual Counselor before retiring. I am at present the volunteer Congregational Care Pastor of the Baldwin Community United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh with responsibilities of ministering to the homebound and insitutionalized members of the congregation. I serve as an advisor to the Sr. Pastor and fill the pulpit from time-to-time.
I have felt the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit, who has moved me to minister in this diverse manner. He has inspired me to preach the Word and to spend much of the last twenty-five years writing this book. What I have written I firmly believe has been prompted by His presence in my personal and professional life. I stand on the foundation of Moses' words in Psalm 90:10. The strength of my life and career has come through "labor and sorrow" - hard work and personal spiritual, mental and physical discipline.
I live in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with my wife of fifty-two years. My children live near by. They have given me five grandchildren. It is to them that I have addressed the contents of this book; believing that what I have written could be beneficial to anyone who is seeking to live a Christian life in the 21st Century.
Bruce Bryce has been a pastor in the United Methodist and United Presbyterian (USA) churches for fifty years. At the same time, he has been a chaplain in hospitals, nursing homes, and a hospice. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for fifty-two years. They have two children and five grandchildren.