Bert Fulks – Teacher. Speaker. Business Owner/Manager. Writer. Musician. Founder/Director/Knucklehead – Empty Stone Ministry. Humble, wild-eyed follower.
Three decades ago, Bert began his journey into lay ministry (youth ministry; Sunday school; leading camps/retreats; praise band leader; ministry through drama and comedy; small group leader; working with addiction recovery groups).
Trained 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 conflicts through communication, empathy, and common ground.
Bert fell in love 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 a college-age adult, but he still comes home and stakes a claim to whatever is in the refrigerator), two dogs, and two dumpster cats.
Bert loves to play music, read, write, travel, camp, fish, backpack, 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.