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About Glenn

Glenn previously served as the Associate Pastor at Life Center, Lakewood for eighteen years. He served as an Assistant Pastor at Canyon Hills in Bakersfield for two years before moving to Lakewood, California and serving at Life Center in 1984. At Life Center, Glenn served as Christian Education director, Youth Pastor for two years and eventually, Associate Pastor managing facilities and information systems. In this role, he regularly taught and preached. He also served as College & Single’s Pastor for nine years. In 1988 Glenn and his wife Robin, established the second Royal Family Kids’ Camp, following the model already established by Wayne and Diane Tesch in Costa Mesa, California, to host abused and neglected children. Glenn continued to direct the Life Center camp until 1999 when he “passed the scepter” (a term used by Royal Family to designate the transfer of leadership) to someone within Life Center. Glenn was the first Royal Family Kids’ Camp Director to earn the “10 year Director’s Award” for leading one camp for ten years. He has been a speaker and representative for RFKC for the past several years. His passion for children at risk comes from his own dysfunctional upbringing and his desire to see God break the cycle of abuse in today’s generation of children. Glenn joined the national office staff of Royal Family Kids’ Camps, Inc. in January 2003. Glenn speaks nationwide, enlisting champions for children to reach out to children of abuse in their local community. As Vice President of Camps, he is commissioned to extend the national goal of seeing every foster child, age 6-12, experience a life changing camp, club and mentor. Glenn and his wife, Robin, have been married for thirty-one years and have three children, David (27), Matthew (25) and Janae (22) and reside in Santa Ana, California. Glenn is a graduate of Vanguard University (formerly Southern California College) with a degree in Biblical Studies and a Master’s degree in Leadership.

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Endorsements

“I do not cry. Despite many years hearing the saddest stories of helpless little victims of abuse, I never cry. I have experienced so much pain, and have absorbed the terror and pain of so many others, that I didn’t think I had any more tears in me. Then I read A Seed Of Hope In Toxic Soil. Glenn only alludes to the depth of the terror and the pain of the experiences, but having lived it, I read between those lines and my stomach clenched up. Suddenly, surprisingly, my eyes were leaking. But rather than leave me there, Glenn, The Giant Killer, led me gently to a hope-filled place and left me with a smile and an encouragement to strive to live The Kingdom Dream. Glenn, you are a Purveyor of Hope. You did this well.”

Rhonda Sciortino,
Author, Speaker, Real Estate Investor and Foster Care Advocate
Author of Succeed Because of What You’ve Been Through

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“Glenn’s life story is a story of healing, hope and triumph. He has reached out to thousands of children to help them experience the love of God. His example of a humble, dedicated, Christ-like servant of God has put a smile on the faces of children who thought that they would never smile again. Glenn’s ministry to children can best be described by the words that James writes about the life of Abraham, “…Abraham believed God; and God counted him as righteous because of his faith. He was even called the friend of God.” James 2:23 (NLT). This book is an amazing testimony of God’s faithfulness and a beautiful story of how His grace is woven through the tapestry of a life. You will be encouraged and challenged when you read Glenn’s story.”

Rich Guerra
Southern California District Assemblies of God Superintendent

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“How wonderful to read stories of hope and transformation amidst encounters of abuse! While sharing vulnerably of his personal history, Glenn helps the reader better understand the trauma of abuse. Biblical passages are viewed through another lens and, all the while, we are both encouraged and challenged to respond. This book is moving, challenging, inspiring, thought-provoking and hope-giving.”

Becca C. Johnson, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
RFK Camp Director
Author, Speaker, Trainer, Psychologist
Author of For Their Sake; Good Guilt, Bad Guilt; Overcoming Emotions that Destroy (with Chip Ingram)

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