J.R. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, and later moved on to New York University where he majored in Art and Interior Design. After two years in the military, J.R. met his wife while attending church. They married and began a family of their own shortly after that.
J.R. found his new church home when he moved to Florida in 2008 and began attending Tradewinds Church. He feels honored to serve as an Elder at Tradewinds. J.R. has over 50 years of experience serving as an Elder in Presbyterian Churches.