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Brian in New Orleans Square at Disneyland (1999)I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute in 1986 and with a Master's of Science Degree in Engineering Management in 1999 from Rennsalaer Polytechnic Institute. I work as an engineer for Delphi Saginaw Steering Systems, Delphi Automotive Systems, in Saginaw, Michigan. 

My wife, Barbara, is my best friend. We do virtually everything together. I help Barb out with her volleyball team, and Barb helps me with my Sunday school class tasks. We sit together in our church choir; we enjoy our vacations together. We just like to be together, and to do things together. Barb is my best friend ...and I wouldn't want it any other way. We've been married since the Fall of 1989. It doesn't seem that long at all, yet, strangely, it seems like we've always been married.

On October 2, 1996, our son Allan William II (named after my Dad) was born. We'd been trying to adopt a baby for a couple of years...and finally, on July 31st, we found out that Allan was on the way. He's been an absolute joy since we took him home on B-day plus one. His first trip to WDW began when he was just 2 1/2 weeks old and with several trips under his belt now, he's already quite the veteran of the Florida Disney parks.Brian, Barb, & Allan at the Magic Kingdom Hub (1997)

Since Allan's adoption was finalized (in June, 1997) we applied to adopt again.  On April 6, 2000, Michael Scott Bennett was born.  Michael lived with us just a few days before we had to return him to his birthparents.  He lived with us only a few days, but touch us in a wonderful way.  On December 29th, just before the end of the year, we got another phone call.  Michael's birthparents had decided, again, to put him up for adoption.  We picked him up that evening and he's with us now.  The link above gives the whole story.

I believe that God is both just and loving. Since He is just, He must condemn sin and punish the sinner. Since He is loving, He wanted to provide a way for people to escape hell, the ultimate punishment that awaits those that deserve it. The solution to this dilemma was to send His only Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect, sinless life, and then to die in place of those that deserve the penalty of death. Jesus has already paid the price for sin, all that remains is for each person to admit guilt and accept His sacrifice as payment for their own sin. Being "saved" is that simple.

My mother tells me that, in 1970 as a seven year old boy, I knelt by the side of my bed and received Jesus Christ as my savior. However, I honestly don't remember that day. I've always believed that I accepted Christ, but I couldn't remember it having actually happened.

In the meantime, I'd led a rather "good" life. I was very involved in the youth group at my home church, Bethany Baptist in Mount Clemens, Michigan, when I was growing up. I was the vice-president of the youth group as a junior and president as a senior. I was involved in Word Of Life clubs, and participated in the scholarship program. When I graduated from college I joined Community Baptist Church, just outside of Saginaw, Michigan. I got very involved there, too. I've taught classes in our Christian School. I'm in the choir. I'm a Sunday School teacher. And I'm a deacon. However, I'd been haunted with the thought that maybe, since I couldn't remember having accepted Christ, I really wasn't a Christian after all.

In June, 1993, a speaker that visited our church said that salvation was a life changing experience. Again, I began to wonder if I was really saved because I couldn't remember having asked the Lord to forgive me. I went forward in church that morning. My Pastor was surprised to have one of his deacons at the altar for salvation, but he simply told me to pray since "I knew what to do." Pastor Jackson later told me that he thought I was indeed already saved.

Now I am certain that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior. He is also my Lord. To me that means that everything I do and say must be for His honor and glory. My relationship with the Lord is personal. I have direct access to Him through prayer, and to His word through the Bible.

As a family we enjoy traveling (much like I did growing up). We go to Walt Disney World just about every year, but we've also traveled to California several times, to New England, to Washington D.C., Decatur and Huntsville, Alabama, and several other places. We have a lot of fun on these trips.

We are very active in our church and in our church's Christian day school. My current activities include:

  • Choir Member
  • Sunday School Teacher (currently working with the Christian Homebuilders class, a young couples group, but previously handled college and career, 4th grade boys, 5th grade boys, 6th grade boys, junior high boys, and high school over the years)
  • "Growing Kids God's Way" (Parenting Program) Facilitator...facilitating the program developed by Growing Families International
  • Youth Group Sponsor...basically doing whatever our youth pastor asks of us
  • Deacon and Church Clerk
  • Volunteer Teacher (currently teaching physics at Community Baptist Christian School)

My brother, David, has a website that is focused on historical links (he's a secondary teacher and as much of a history nut as I am a Disney nut). Dave also has some science fiction and other fun links that are worth checking out. You can go there using this link:   Dave Bennett's History Links Site.

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Brian's Archive - Contents

A Little More Disney Information:

Reviews of Other Disney-Related Stuff books and CDs!

A Brief History of the Disney Parks just an overview, but worth reading!

A Tribute to Walter Elias Disney the text of Eric Severeid's eulogy of Mr. Disney, December 15, 1966

The Boycott and the Bible the reasons behind the anti-Disney boycott(s), and my own Bible research on what I should do about it

Plush Revenge - A Shopping Story about how I bought over $353.00 worth of Disney stuff for $18.56.

About the WebMaster:

Brian and His Family some background on my own family

Michael's Story a bit more information on how we adopted our littlest boy

Growing Families International a great organization for parents

Christian Family Services a link to my favorite adoption agency

Email Brian if for some odd reason you want to contact me...

Las Vegas, September 2002 Trip Report a report on a personal trip that didn't include a visit to any Disney places whatsoever!

 

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