Al and Gloria were both born in Texas. They met, fell in love and married while still in college. After Al finished his PhD in physics from the University of Texas in Austin, they moved to Boston for his first job and to be a part of a church planting. After 15 years in physica research, they entered fulltime ministry as part of a dynamic new church which eventually met in the Boston Garden. They helped to shepherd and lead that church and also served as leaders for planting churches in the Middle East. Al now lives in Phoenix area and works with a church there.