Real Men Wear Sweater Vests
Yup, this is me, in my office at Concordia Publishing House. I love colder weather because I get to wear sweater vests! Apparently several of the women in my life think sweater vests are kind of dorky. That's ok, I can live with that.
The huge crucifix that hangs on my wall is a gift from the family of President Alvin Barry. At his death, they offered me the crucifix that always hung in his offices, while he was a pastor, mission executive, district executive, district president and then Synodical President. It was a gift to him from one of his first congregations. He had found it up in the church attic, unused. It had been painted white and he carefully removed the paint and restored the wood to its original condition, and then the congregation had it mounted on a cross and put into the large shadow box you see in the photo, and gave it to him as a gift. The crucifix was brought with founding members of the congregation, from Germany, when they came to the USA in the 19th century. The paintings next to it are the Cranach Weimar altar painting, and below it Hook's Christ with the Children.