Hal was born and raised in Pennsylvania, went to college at Cairn University in Philadelphia and seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School near Chicago. Hal married Pam in 1977. They have three sons and four grandchildren. Pam and Hal currently serve on the staff of Indian Bible College in Flagstaff. They moved to Flagstaff in 2014 from Alaska where Hal was an instructor at Alaska Bible College. Hal served as an assistant pastor in Nebraska and with Youth for Christ in Indiana. He has also been a janitor, a forklift operator and a construction worker. Hal enjoys baseball, hiking and table games.