I came to faith in Jesus Christ at the same time most young people leave the church: as a senior in high school just a few months away from college.
My journey to faith consisted of years of seeking spirituality, and yet resisting God; trying to figure out what this life is for, and yet arguing with the very answers I came up with. My journey in faith has been an incredible one, as God has redeemed my soul, reformed my heart, and blessed me beyond comprehension.
My faith is what defines me most, and because of it I strive to live with a measure of grace and peace in all that I do. Sometimes I fail spectacularly in that endeavor…
Diana and I met in 2002, shortly after I transfered from a community college to Davis College (then Practical Bible College) to study scripture. The first thing she ever did to me was put me in my place. I was hooked!
In so many ways, she is the opposite of me… She grew up in a solid family, came to faith at an early age, loves musicals and Southern Gospel, and even spent six weeks in Zambia doing missions work (before I had even come to faith).
However these differences have made us stronger as a couple. At times she served as my “christian-ese translator”, explaining the random and odd things that church people say and do. At other times she has served as my voice of reason, halting headstrong and enthusiastic pursuits that would likely have ended in peril.
She is my beloved, my confidant, my helper, and my co-laborer in snot. Which brings me to the kids!
Elijah is our son, and he was born in the beginning of June 2006. I’m his best friend, and while I know that won’t last forever, I’m certainly loving every minute of it for now. I think he’ll grow up to be an artist, most likely a musician, but only God knows. He loves Cars, both the movie, and the large metal contraptions that fly by our house too fast. He’s just hit that stage where he’s talking all the time now, and it’s a lot of fun. Mostly.
Moriah is our daughter, who was born at the very end of January 2008. She is nothing like her brother, except that she’s insanely cute, and a lot of fun. I’ve been stretched more by having a girl than I ever expected. Moriah has caused me to be a more tender and loving daddy, something Diana is thankful for, and I’m sure that will rub off into other areas of life.
One of the ways that God has blessed me is by allowing me to serve as a church pastor. Infact, not only have I been allowed to serve in vocational ministry, I have the unique blessing of serving alongside one of my best friends, Pastor Mike Biolsi, at North Country Fellowship, the very church in which I came to faith.
I first joined the NCF pastoral staff in November 2006, serving bivocationally until September 2008. At that point, we felt led to take the church through a staffing transition that allowed me to enter ministry full-time, focusing on preaching, teaching, counseling, and visitation. I love ministry, theology, and biblical studies. I can hardly imagine a better way to spend my days!
I proudly take the title geek, and apply it to myself in the areas of computers and technology, politics, pop culture, and theological studies. I used to also include science fiction and comic books in this list, but I’ve been reformed (if there is such a thing) by my wife.
My geekdom began in the realm of computers. I’ve been on the net since 1993, and prior to that, used dial-up bulletin board systems while I was only a single digit in age. I’ve loved watching the development of technology from the old TRS-80s to my newest MacBook.
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