In 1970 I received Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. At this time, I also began my career in residential real estate. As a Real Estate Broker, God taught me priceless lessons from His Word, which developed my character and brought me much success for 35 years.
In 1997 I married my beautiful wife Annette. She was enjoying a successful real estate career selling new homes for a local builder when I met her. As some of you have heard me say, “The years with my wife have been the best years of my life!” Together by God’s grace, it is our desire to fulfill His plan and destiny for our lives.
On November 23, 1998 I had an out-of-body experience which falls under the classification of a ‘vision’ as described in 2 Corinthians 12:1-2. This was not a dream or a near death experience. The Lord in His sovereignty chose to take me to hell in my spirit body. I had been a Christian for 28 years with a love for God’s Word but I had never studied the topic of hell. I don’t view horror movies or entertain the dark side and I have never taken drugs. There was nothing to induce this experience.
From 1999 through 2005 my wife and I traveled around the country before the book was published. We took time off from work and went wherever we were asked. We also paid our own expenses just so people couldn’t use that as an excuse not to believe my experience. My wife and I had demanding, high-paying jobs and arranged our trips on her two days off work each week. We also used her three weeks of vacation every year in order to travel. We didn’t know that years later I would be asked to write a book. During this time, I began studying hell in depth. What was most important to me was to research the Scriptures to see if what I experienced was in God’s Word. That is what is most important – what God’s Word says about hell and avoiding it! In 2000, we founded Soul Choice Ministries for the purpose of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In March 2006, 23 Minutes In Hell was published. In August 2004, I was approached by Charisma House to write a book about my experience. To date, the book has been published in 14 languages including the Afrikaans, Croatian, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish languages. Because God has blessed the book, it is read around the world. We never sought out publicity or approached any publishing company to tell my story.
January 2007 – Present. With hundreds of requests to share “23 Minutes in Hell” and minister God’s Word, we left our careers to enter full-time ministry and continue to speak, teach and minister as God directs us. This God entrusted message has transformed thousands of lives worldwide.
To God be all the glory.