I thought I would move this up to the front page for the weekend. Have fun.
I have noticed a huge uptick in the search logs of people looking for info (more likely dirt) on Bruce Gerencser. They are entering search strings like Bruce Gerencser, Bruce Gerencser sermons, Bruce Gerencser bio, etc.
In order to facilitate their dirt search, I thought I would post a brief bio of myself.
First, there are no online sermons of me preaching. I am sure there are tapes of my sermons gathering dust in former parishioner’s closets somewhere. For many years, all of my sermons were taped.
I was born in Bryan, Ohio. I attended schools in San Diego California, Bryan Ohio, Harrod Ohio, Farmer Ohio, Deshler Ohio, Findlay Ohio, Tucson Arizona, and Mt. Blanchard Ohio. I dropped out of high school after eleventh grade. In 2004 I decided to tie up a loose end and I took the GED test. (without studying) I passed.
At the age of nineteen, I enrolled at Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan. I attended Midwestern for three years. I met my wife at Midwestern.
I was bus pastor at Montpelier Baptist Church, Montpelier, Ohio. (GARBC)
I was the assistant pastor for two years and helped start, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Buckeye Lake Ohio. (Independent Baptist)
I was pastor for eleven years at Somerset Baptist Church, Mt Perry, Ohio. (Independent Baptist)
I was co-pastor at Community Baptist Church, Elmendorf, Texas.(Independent Baptist)
I was pastor at Olive Branch Christian Union Church, Fayette, Ohio. (Christian Union)
I was pastor for seven years at Grace Baptist Church, later renamed Our Fathers House, West Unity Ohio. (Independent Baptist, non-denominational)
I was pastor of Victory Baptist Church, Clare, Michigan. (Southern Baptist)
I pastored my last church in 2003. All told, I pastored churches for almost 25 years. I began preaching at age 14 and I stopped preaching at age 46. I preached around 4,000 sermons.
I am married to my first wife. We have been married for 34 years. We have six children, one with Down Syndrome, and eight grandchildren.
I was diagnosed in 1997 with fibromyalgia and since 2007 I have suffered from what is best described as MS-like symptoms. I am obese, bald, redheaded, and left-handed. I am six foot tall, wear size 54×29 pants and 10EEE shoes.
I am permanently disabled, and must use a cane or wheelchair to get around. I see a counselor every two weeks and I have been doing so for the past two years.
I am a frail man who has made a lot of mistakes in his life. Above all, I love my beautiful wife, six wonderful children, three awesome daughter-in-laws, and eight, breath of fresh air, grandchildren. I also love Breigh, our cocker spaniel, and Salazar, Buckwheat, and Joe Meower, our cats.
I am an avid Major League Baseball, NFL, Ohio State basketball and football fan. I am a Jeff Gordon fan and I love going to dirt track races. I am a serious amateur photographer, a long-time computer enthusiast, and I love to write and read.
My all time favorite movies are: Mosquito Coast, Hell in the Pacific,Perfect Storm, and Mars Attack. My favorite TV shows are: True Blood, Homeland, Dexter, Game of Thrones,The Wire, Six-feet Under, Deadwood, Homicide-Life on the Street, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, and a host of others.
I watch Jon Stewart, Around the Horn, and PTI, on a daily basis. I watch Bil Maher every week. I am allergic to Fox News.
I love listening to music, every genre except rap and opera. I primarily listen to music through services like Pandora and MOG. I recently set up an Apple Airport Express so I could stream music from my iPad to our AV receiver. A-w-e-s-o-m-e. Right now, Eliza Gilkyson is playing on MOG.
My favorite music genre is 70’s and 80’s classic rock. My favorites artists are: Journey, Foreigner, Boston, Three Dog Night, Blessid Union of Souls, Lucinda Williams, Matt Nathanson, U2, Alison Krauss, Sugarland, Staind, Theory of A Deadman, Puddle of Mudd, Switchfoot, Third Day, and The Bishops. (to name a few)
I love to travel, especially off the beaten-path. If I could live anywhere, I would live on the shore of Lake Michigan or in a small fishing community on the Atlantic seaboard. Fiji would be great too, if I could get there without flying. I DON’T fly.
I managed restaurants for Arthur Treachers, Long John Silvers, and Charley’s Steakery. I was a grant manager and code enforcement officer for the Village of Buckeye Lake, Ohio. I pumped gas, flipped hamburgers, washed dishes, sold insurance, managed a Christian bookstore, delivered newspapers,worked in factories, cleaned offices, stocked grocery shelves, and was a dairy manager at a grocery store. (to name a few jobs I have had)
I am temperamental and I have suffered with depression, on and off, most of my adult life. I have a brother and a sister, who both live in Arizona. My parents and grandparents are dead.
I am circumcised and have a scar on my nose from skin cancer surgery. I have short arms, short legs (29 inch inseam), a long body, and no butt.
I played little league and city league baseball. I played city league basketball. I played competitive sports until I was in my early 30’s. As a 12 year old, I won third place in the local Punt, Pass and Kick contest. There were four kids in my age group. I was also on two city league championship baseball teams. I was a terrible hitter and a fast runner. I played right field or left field, depending on who was pitching. I throw and hit left-handed.
I was very short and lightweight until tenth grade. I grew six inches in one year. I weighed 160 pounds at age eighteen, 180 pounds on my wedding day, and I am now twice the man I was on my wedding day.
I used to write a column for the Zanesville Times-Recorder. I have written dozens of Letters to the Editor over the years, a skill I learned from my political junkie mother.
20 years ago, I almost died of complications from mononucleosis. This trashed my immune system and lowered my normal body temperature to 97.0 degrees. I have had measles, mumps, chicken pox, pleurisy, and pneumonia. I have had one broken bone in my life, a hairline fracture of my leg. I fell out of a haymow and cracked a few ribs. I was treated for gout in the 1970’s. As a fourteen/fifteen year old boy I suffered through a year of swollen joints. (at the time they called it “growing pains”) I am allergic to bee stings. I got allergy shots in the the mid-1970’s. I swam in polluted water that caused blisters on my skin. I have no idea what I was exposed to.
My favorite color is blue.
My favorites restaurants are Mad Anthony’s in Auburn/Fort Wayne, Penn Station, Texas Roadhouse, Thirsty Perch in South Haven, and Red Lobster.
My closest friends are Polly, my wife,Dave and Newana Echler and Jim and Tammy Schoch.
I like the Whopper at Burger King, the fries at McDonalds, and the chocolate malt at Sonic. I like eating Taco Bell every once in awhile as long as I don’t think about what is in their tacos.
I love living in rural Ohio. I love living in Ney, Ohio. I hate driving in traffic.
I curse from time to time and I have been known to wave at people who pull out in front of me or cut me off in traffic. I have been to a strip club, read Hustler, and watched online porn.
My favorite ice creams are mint chocolate chip and Rocky Road. My favorite ice cream store is Dietsch Brothers in Findlay, Ohio. I also love their double-dipped chocolate malted milk balls. (6.99 lb)
I bought my first computer in 1991. I have built numerous computers over the years. I currently own a custom built desktop, a Sony Vaio laptop, and a first generation iPad.
I don’t like air-conditioning and I prefer the windows open when traveling. (my wife does not)
I have flown on a commercial plane one time. It was the first and last time I will ever fly.
I love riding on trains. As a teenager, I collected Lionel trains.I have a Lionel train set I keep adding cars too. I plan to give it to my grandson when I am dead.
My favorite states are West Virginia, Arizona,Ohio and anywhere there is no people and lots of water.
I have worn glasses since age 14 and according to the audiologist I need hearing aids.
I love gardening and working in the yard. I have plans to turn our yard into an arboretum.
I prefer Pepsi over Coke and my favorite pop is Suncrest White Cream soda. ( an ice old 12 oz. bottle on a hot summer day) My favorite candy: Goetz Carmel Creams, Pay Day, Milky Way, and Dietsch Double Dipped Chocolate Malted Milk Balls.
I have owned over 50 automobiles.
I used to shoplift so I could have Levi’s to wear to High School.
A friend of mine and I stole his father’s 1955 Chevrolet and turfed a bunch of lawns. We made the newspaper.
As a teenager I pelted cars with apples water balloons, and snowballs. I now threaten to beat the shit out of kids who do the same to me.
I am known for having a wry sense of humor and being a practical joker. My favorite joke? Putting brown shoe polish on toilet paper and them coming out of the bathroom screaming at my kids about who left the shitty toilet paper in the bathroom. Much to their horror, I proceeded to put the toilet paper in my mouth.
I have never smoked, been drunk, or used illegal drugs. I have high-blood pressure and I am diabetic. I have chronic low back pain and I have constant pain in my joints and muscles. I have osteoarthritis and have chronic pain in my knees and ankles from injuries during my basketball playing days.
I have never had an affair. I have filed for bankruptcy. I have an Obsessive Compulsive Personality. I am a perfectionist.
I love cheesecake and pumpkin pie.
I have considered suicide.
I am a tech addict and buy more books than I will ever read. Somebody h-e-l-p me.
I still have my baseball glove from forty years ago. I bought it at JC Penny’s.
The people I admire most? Gandhi. Thomas Merton. Wendell Berry. Dorothy Day. Christopher Hitchens.
Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame and so should Mark McGuire.
I am a Cincinnati Reds and Bengals fan. I am also a Detroit Tigers fan.
I don’t drink coffee and I love liver and onions, complete with mashed potatoes.
I love thunderstorms.
I love watching the snow fall on a crisp winter night.
I have had the same desk and file cabinet in my office for twenty-five years.
My first car was a 1960 Mercury Comet. My current car is a 2010 Ford Fusion. My favorite car I owned was a 1970 Chevrolet Nova SS. The most expensive car I bought was twenty-two thousand dollars. Least expensive? fifty dollars.
I have lived in Ney Ohio for almost six years.
My favorite magazines are: Mother Jones, National Geographic, Discovery, Wood, Family Handyman,Harpers, Orion, Maximum PC, and Vanity Fair. (to name a few)
I am kind to animals and wildlife. I am a political liberal, environmentalist, and an atheist.
I don’t kill spiders or snakes but I do kill flies or mosquitoes if they are bothering me.
I wear blue jeans and tee shirts 90% of the time. I have arch supports in my shoes. I have worn the same shoe style for seven years. I still have a tie I bought in 1976. I don’t wear shorts in public and I have not taken my shirt off in public in twenty-eight years.
I love sitting at Riverside Park in Findlay with my wife.
I hired someone to do some painting on our house two years ago.This was the first time I ever hired someone to do any type of home repair or remodeling. Until recently, I did all my own building, plumbing, and electrical work. For most of my life, I did most of the repair work on my automobiles.
I have taken lots of things apart. I have put back together less things.
I have little use for philosophical discussions or conspiracy theories and I have no interest in watching or listening to debates.
I do the finances at our house. The checkbooks are always in balance and I track every penny we spend. Quicken was made for perfectionists like me.
I sleep on my stomach and use three pillows. I can’t remember the last time I woke up feeling refreshed. These days, I am just glad I wake up.
By my bed is two magazines, three books, an old-fashioned alarm clock, a lamp, and three small crates containing my medicine, headphones/TV remote, and miscellaneous “stuff.”
I put the seat up when I pee and I don’t put it back down. I don’t care which way the toilet paper roll dispensed the paper.
I take Diovan, Hydralazine, Potassium, Amaryl, Zanaflex, Naproxen, Flexeril, Vicodin, and baby aspirin. I have taken many other drugs, more than I can possibly remember. I am allergic to Biaxin and Tramadol.
I have short term memory problems that scare the hell out of me. Dentists have a hard time numbing me and I had a colonoscopy six years ago.
I love writing for The Way Forward and I appreciate all the good people I have met through this blog.
Had enough yet? Here is my point in all this. First, most of this information can be gleaned by reading this blog. My life is pretty much an open book. I do reserve some “secrets” that I share with no one. Like, why does Pamela Anderson keep showing up in my dreams?
Second, you can read all these silly and not-so-silly things about me and still not know me. To really know someone requires physical investment over a long period of time, and even then, can we ever completely know someone? The people who really know me? I can count on two hands.
I hope you have had some fun with this post. I have no doubt this will not satisfy those looking to get some dirt on me or discover who the r-e-a-l Bruce Gerencser is. Who knows, maybe they will find out I am really a transvestite, vegan, University of Michigan Loving, man. After all, the lies told about a person always make for better news than the truth.