Director of Family and Children Ministries
My parents gave their hearts to Christ when I was about five years old, and I embraced the gospel along with them. What a blessing to be raised in a Christian home! As I grew, I got involved in several youth programs, and I learned much about the walk of faith and the unique needs of youth as I participated in retreats, community outreach programs and teen Bible groups. We moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut for my junior and senior years of high school and it was there that I joined a dynamic youth group that encouraged me to take my first (and many after that) missions trip. There was an incredible joy and power that came upon me while I was helping others -- as we traveled to the Appalachia region of the country to build and restore homes in communities ravaged by the collapse of the coal mining industry. Serving others quickly became one of the things I like best in this world.
Early in my freshman year at Baylor University in Texas, I had a life-changing revelation while walking down the main street of the college town. On my way to a Bible study that was appropriately named “Choice”, it suddenly dawned on me that I had a choice about following God. It was almost as if God was saying, “Choose this day who you will serve.” I sat down on a bench and began to wrestle with the foundations of my faith. It was no longer enough to accept the teachings of Christianity because that was what my parents and my church taught me, I had to decide for myself. I was 2,000 miles from home, and no one was going to force me to be a Christian. It was a fairly quick decision; I knew Christ was real and I couldn’t imagine a life without Him. I decided then and there that God could have my life to do with as He pleased.
I graduated from Baylor with a BBA and started my first job as a manufacturer’s representative in New York City. I worked for three different companies, all in the commercial interiors market, but my joy came from the time I spent ministering to children at various local churches. God blessed my obedience to His calling with the opportunity to work full-time for St. Paul Westport, doing what I love – sharing God’s love with children and teens. At St. Paul, I am responsible for kids from crawling age to graduation, and I couldn’t be happier.
I have been married to my lovely wife and partner, Holly, for 13 years and we have three children: Joshua, David and Elizabeth.