Life Group Pastor
My Family: My wife, Laura, and I have a grown daughter Lindsey and her husband, Brandon. We have four sons – Joshua, David, Jon and Nathan. We are the proud grandparents of Harper and Caleb with one on the way!
My Story: Although I was born in the south, I grew up in the New England area. I am a high school dropout. I don’t say that because I’m proud of it, but I want people to know that there’s hope for those who end up leaving high school without a diploma. After working several dead end jobs, I enlisted in the Navy when I was 18 years old. I got to travel across the world and had many experiences, but the defining moment of my life is when Laura and I accepted Christ just after we got married! I found success as a Navy Operations Specialist and retired after 22 years as a Master Chief Petty Officer. When we left Navy life in 2004, we moved to Post Falls where I began a new career teaching 7-12th grade at Classical Christian Academy. After two years, I was asked to take the job as Associate Headmaster. When we were invited to RLM, we quickly decided it would be our new church home. We began attending church and home group and soon God led us into leadership. I led and coached home group leaders until coming on staff as a Community Pastor in 2009. Back when I was in the Navy, I earned a BS in Business at California State University, San Bernadino, and now since coming on staff, I have earned a Graduate Certificate in Ministry through Hope International University.
Favorite Verse: “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good and perfect will.” – Romans 12:1-2. This verse sort of sums up being a disciple of Jesus. I want to be transformed by God as I submit myself to Him in response to all He’s done for me!
Food: Growing up in the Boston area, lobsters were surprisingly affordable and we generally had a “clam bake” a few times each summer. (BTW…A “clam bake” may or may not include clams and is definitely not baked! It’s a New England thing I guess!)
Quote: “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein.
Exercise: I enjoy running, but as I get older, I seem to be doing a lot more walking!
Smell: This one’s easy…the smell of bacon frying!! Oh, and the smell of Autumn leaves.