I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but being the son of a Dad who was a career Marine, we moved at least every four years until middle school. Then I became a surfer. We moved to a house on a beach in Oceanside, California. And for the next eight years, including the time I attended Christian Heritage College in San Diego, I woke and fell asleep to the sound of the ocean.
I grew up in a family that believed God helps those who help themselves, and if we were good enough we’d make it to heaven. We attended church sporadically and it didn’t matter too much what name was on the church door. But in my last years of high school, a friend confronted me about whether I was a Christian. I insisted I was and I thought I was good enough, but she was wise enough to suggest I attend a service at Oceanside First Baptist Church. I did, and was ready to defend my position until the Pastor opened up with the message found in Eph. 2:8-9. It was then I accepted Jesus as my Savior.
I was blessed to serve in the Jesus Movement and Urban Coffee House Ministries in the San Diego area for a few years, before being ordained as a Southern Baptist Pastor and serving in a bi-vocational capacity planting churches along the eastern crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
After moving to Washington I served for a season in the workforce, sharing Jesus with my colleagues and others in the community. I saw God at work in the hearts and lives of many people. My wife and I have seen His hand at work in our lives and He blessed us with two beautiful daughters from China. He still continues to fill our joy in us seeing them come to love and walk with Jesus.
When we visited Westwood in 1997, we knew it was home. During the years since then we have served as team members of the Global Outreach team, Elementary Sunday School Teachers, Summer Hummer Counselors, and me on the Elder Council. When the opportunity presented itself to serve on staff, I knew God was calling me to my next season of service and blessing. Since then, my wife has remained involved in the women’s leadership team and our youngest daughter, still living at home, volunteers in AWANA. Our older daughter is attending SPU in Seattle and is using her gifts in creative arts to serve God.
Our family loves to read, ride bikes, explore the Northwest beaches, and have fun finding new cooking ideas. That’s the reason I need to keeping riding my bike.
If you’re new to the area or looking for a church home, we hope to see you this Sunday, we’d love to meet you, so please stop to say hello!