Roald Kverndal has been associated with the sea throughout his life. Born in England of Norwegian parents, he belonged in his childhood to the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in London. Later he served as merchant seafarer and marine lawyer before entering the ministry as seafarers’ chaplain in different ports around the world. In 1984, he was awarded a Doctorate of Theology in Oslo, Norway. His dissertation on “Seamen’s Missions: Their Origin and Early Growth” was published in1986 as the world’s first documented history of the movement. From the late 1970s to the early 1990s, he served as executive secretary of the North American Maritime Ministry Association, as well as maritime ministry consultant for the Lutheran World Federation and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He and his wife reside at Mercer Island/Seattle, Washington.