Tim has been a reader of The Urantia Book since 1986. He is an active member of The First Society for Readers of The Urantia Book based in Chicago, serves on the Education Committee of The Urantia Book Fellowship, and is the Academic Director of Urantia Book International School, a program of Urantia Foundation that offers numerous online classes for readers across the globe in seven different languages. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Bette Anne. They have one son, Kevin, currently in college studying to become an airline pilot.
Originally from Gary, Indiana, Tim grew up in Indiana, Michigan, and Colorado. He graduated high school from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, and attended Oberlin College as a music composition major. After switching career paths (including a memorable stint as a Wendy’s manager), and finding The Urantia Book, he graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a degree in Philosophy and went on to attend the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He spent a year in Washington, D.C. clerking for the Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and then worked for several years in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis, one of the world’s largest law firms as a litigator. In 2017, he left big law-firm life, started a family business, and worked for a series of startups while continuing to practice law on a part-time basis as a sole practitioner.
Tim was drawn to The Urantia Book by the way it offers a comprehensive, unifying, and ennobling framework for understanding the history of our universe, our planet, and our attempts to make sense of human civilization and then expands that framework to encompass a glorious and loving universe that inspires us all to dedicate ourselves to our personal and collective spiritual progress.