Bert Fulks – Teacher. Speaker. Business Owner/Manager. Writer. Musician. Founder/Director/Knucklehead, Empty Stone Ministry. Humble, wild-eyed follower.
Over 25 years ago, Bert began his journey into lay ministry (youth ministry; teaching Sunday school; leading camps/retreats; praise band leader; ministry through drama and comedy; small group ministry; speaking to addiction recovery groups). Empty Stone Ministry grew from a time of desperate brokenness, in which along with God’s healing came this particular mission.
With a degree in Comprehensive Social Sciences, Bert’s “adult” life began as an educator, teaching World History and Psychology in central Ohio. During that time he also worked with numerous committees and workshops on education reform, curriculum development, and helped launch a peer mediation program in which young people learn to resolve interpersonal conflict by speaking their desires while developing empathy for others, and then searching for common ground.
Bert fell in love with a beauty in the 10th grade (yep, married her … yep, still married). Along with Empty Stone Ministry, he and his wife, Laura, run a small business in West Virginia where they live with their three kids (sure, the oldest is away at college, but he still comes home and stakes a claim to whatever is in the refrigerator), two dogs, and three cats.
Bert loves to play music, read, write, camp, fish, and enjoys the simple pleasure of a good beer in his tractor’s cup-holder on a hot summer day. Lovingly referred to as “Dude” by friends, he is still learning to (among other things) abide.