Glen was born and raised on a farm in the hills of south-central VA. He has a lovely wife, Rachel, without which he would be “totally lost”. They have two girls and three boys.
The arrival of their children has been amazing. After being told they had a “1% chance of ever having biological children”, they signed up for adoption. Six months into the adoption journey, they discovered that smart doctors don’t know everything. Sierra was born Oct. 27, 2000. They continued pursuing adoption, and after four years of waiting and several failed adoptions, they had a successful match. Aleya was born on September 27, 2003.
In January of 2005, Glens had a surprising phone call from Social Services wondering if they would be interested in fostering a little girl. They said yes, and picked her up. After nearly three months of living with Glens, little Kari was placed in a relative’s home.
They received another surprise phone call in June about a baby boy (Jayden) in Florida needing a permanent home. After Glens arrived in Florida they received another phone call concerning another baby boy (Jackson)who was available for adoption. Needless to say, Glen’s girls were thrilled to hear about their two new brothers.
While recording Tiny King, Glen and Rachel learned of another young lad needing a home. Kaiden James was born on August 26 and was placed in foster care. In September Glen and Rachel traveled to Tampa, FL, to pick him up, and bring him home.
Glen writes, “The entire adoption process and losing a foster care child have produced questions concerning God’s goodness; wondering WHY, and trying to find peace and rest in God’s grace. I am slowly realizing that God is good. The perfect proof of God’s goodness is in the death and resurrection of his precious Son. I am thankful that my sins can be forgiven and that I have a reason to sing. I am thankful for people that have written songs in the middle of their pain and suffering.”
In 2019 Glen and Rachel made the difficult decision to sell the cows. As time progressed they felt like the Lord was leading them to sell the land and move to PA. Moving to Pennsylvania has been a challenging journey. It is a difficult thing to “not be known”. Glen was asked to help start a thrift store in Myerstown. Lighthouse Thrift Store opened in July of 2020 and is generating funds to support Lighthouse Christian Academy in Harrisburg, PA.
Glen grew up listening to groups like the King’s Heralds, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, and the King’s Singers. He has had the privilege of singing under the direction of Marlin Miller, Brandon Mullett, Urie Sharp, David Charles, John Henry Miller, Jeff Swanson, Seth Bergey, Dr. Rene Clausen, and Dr. Weston Noble. He has also taken private voice lessons from Brandon Mullett and Joan Pennock. These people were instrumental in inspiring him to do his best.
He was asked to join VOP in 1997. It was a dream come true and Glen has enjoyed the experience. He says, “It is not always easy to lead people in worship, but it is very rewarding most of the time. It has been good learning to relate to the other men one on one, and learning to work out our differences of opinion in a Christ like manner.”