Bruce was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His education was quite varied. He attended Minnesota Bible College for his BSLwith honors in Bible. While attending MBC, he also attended Indiana University and The University of Minnesota. His Seminary and graduate training included Emmanuel School of Religion, Earlham School of Religion, Christian Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Bowling Green State University where he completed his Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Public Communication. Bruce and Carol were married in 1968, on the hottest day on record in Indiana history. They have three children and nine grandchildren.
Bruce spent twenty-seven years in full-preaching ministry in Ohio, Indiana, and Texas. During those years he used stories frequently to in preaching, and teaching communicaton classes at various colleges and universities. He loves to tell stories to make people laugh, imagine, learn, and encourage. He has been a Professor of Communications at Milligan College since 1995.
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.
According to Bruce, "The difference for me now is that in the past stories were illustratrions. I can best describe that as stories were windows, on the bus. The big change is that now Stories are the bus carrying us to new ideas and understanding."