Bruce was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Minnesota Bible College, Emmanuel Scholl of Religion, Earlham School of Religion, Christian Theological Seminary, and Bowling Green State University where he completed his Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Public Communication. Bruce and Carol were married in 1968, and they have three children, seven grandchildren, and a dog named Bubba.
Bruce spent twenty-seven years in preaching ministry in Ohio, Indiana, and Texas. During those years he also used stories to teach speech classes at various colleges and universities. He loves to tell stories to make people laugh, imagine, and encourage. For the past fifteen years he has been a professor of communications at Milligan College, where he is working toward creating an emphasis in storytelling.
He has spoken at national and regional gatherings for Youth In Ministry and Higher Ministries. He loves telling stories: spiritual, Biblical, humorous, and personal stories that relate to his audiences.