Co-author of the New York Times best-selling Christian book Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back. The book documents his son Colton's claim to have seen Jesus in Heaven before returning to Earth.
He was a summa cum laude graduate from Oklahoma Wesleyan University where he studied Theology.
He joined Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska as the church's pastor. He has volunteered with his local fire department and became the chaplain for the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighter's Association.
Greg Kinnear portrayed him in the film version of Heaven is for Real.