He’s the Pastor of Adult Ministries at the First Assembly of God and she’s an Administrative Assistant for Hall Ambulance Service, Inc., so you just know this couple loves giving back to the community when they’re not showing love for each other.
What was the first thing you thought when you met your future spouse for the first time?
Greg: I thought she wouldn’t be interested in me. She was an attractive career woman and as a youth pastor I was barely making enough money to buy gas for my car.
Linda: I met Greg at church and at first glance, I thought that he was short and nerdy!
What is the funniest thing that happened while you two were dating?
Greg: Our first dates were at Bob’s Big Boy in Anaheim, just around the corner from our church where we often shared the Big Boy combo and a hot fudge cake. She always talked so much with our friends that I got to eat most of the hot fudge cake myself.
Linda: I lived in a gated apartment community and after our first date Greg wanted to drop me off outside the front gate with his engine running and not see me to the front door. I think he was afraid to kiss me goodnight.
What is the craziest thing your spouse has ever done for you?
Greg: Decide to marry me! After 30 years I guess her zany decision made her happy.
Linda: He proposed to me over the telephone, at three in the afternoon, while I was in a conference room full of co-workers at a branch of Bank of America.
What is your spouse’s biggest phobia?
Greg: Spiders and being caught in public without wearing lipstick.
Linda: He has none. He always comes to my rescue. He’s my knight in shining armor.
Who’s the first one to admit when they’re wrong?
Greg: She is even when I’m wrong. She’s the bridge-builder in the family.
Linda: I am. I can’t stand myself if I’ve hurt someone’s feelings or let someone down.
What is your spouse most passionate about?
Greg: Decorating the house and politics—it just depends on what time of year it is. She’s been known to pull out Christmas decorations in July.
Linda: Greg’s passion is teaching; whether it is a bible study, Sunday school, the students he referees, or the people he counsels. He’s a born teacher.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Bakersfield?
Greg: Thursday night is our unofficial date night and we enjoy discovering new, family owned restaurants. Bakersfield has dozens of terrific eateries.
Linda: Bargain hunting. One example was finding a brand new pair of black Prada high heels, just my size, at a consignment store.
What is your least favorite thing about your spouse and most favorite thing?
Greg: How often she wipes the non-existent smudges off her cellphone screen. But I enjoy watching her pursue her passions in life, whether it’s different career paths, being a published artist, or launching the Safe Surrender for Newborns awareness campaign in Kern County.
Linda: Greg’s not allowed to do the laundry. He throws everything all in one giant load. But Greg won me over with his selfless nature. He always, always, always puts others before himself.