It is hard for me to call anywhere my home town. I was born in Indiana, but lived there only a short time before moving to California, Texas, Louisiana, and New York. Before reaching high school, I attended seven different schools. My father wasn't in the military, he just had a lot of job transfers. Growing up, my family did not attend church regularly; nevertheless, I somehow heard the gospel and gave my life to Jesus as teenager. It wasn't until college, though, that my faith became meaningful and life-changing.
After college, I joined the Peace Corps where I worked as an English teacher in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the time, I thought seriously about becoming a missionary, but eventually decided against it. I returned to the U.S. and started a career in marketing that that would last more than a decade. During this time, I felt a strong call strong pull into full-time ministry, but I kept running away from it.
Eventually, the Lord won out and I began my theological studies at Fuller in Pasadena. While in seminary, I got connected with a group of people who wanted to form a biblically-based church in the Inland Empire. I began working with them and within a few months, we launched Christ's Church. I have been the Lead Pastor ever since. I am married to a wonderful woman, Julie, and we have a son named Simeon.
My vision for Christ's Church is that we would become a close family who love the Lord with all of our beings, have a heart for the hurting and lost of our world, and seek to become fully equipped in the power of the Holy Spirit.