More Than You Ever Wanted to Know
Perhaps my greatest fault is being a Cubs fan.
I was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois (the home of Caterpillar Tractors), and have been a pastor since 1991 – the year I graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Freed-Hardeman University. More recently, I earned an MBA in 2021 from Western Governors University.
Over the years, the Lord has blessed us with the opportunity to serve churches in several of America’s finest cities — San Diego, San Francisco, Atlanta, and now Denver.
In 1999, I entered the dot com world and co-founded a business that enabled non-profits to make better use of emerging technologies. During this same time, I also worked in the pre-launch days at Christianity.com — the days when the coffee and donuts were still available for free and foosball breaks were required.
In the spring of 2004, I decided to pursue the call God had placed on my heart to start churches that would fit new and emerging generations. In 2005, we were hired by Stadia: New Church Strategies to return to San Diego and start LifePoint Christian Church. During our four years with LifePoint we had the pleasure of seeing people who were disconnected from God find their way back to him. We also had the privilege of partnering with other new churches to reach San Diego and beyond.
After serving the church for thirteen years, I stepped down as the Senior Pastor at Mountainview Christian Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in August of 2022. Mountainview itself is a church plant that has a vision for starting new churches and campuses across Denver, Colorado, and the world. While at Mountainview, I was also privileged to serve on the board of directors for Church Planters of the Rockies, an organization dedicated to starting new churches along the Front Range.
In August of 2022, I started a new position as an Assistant Professor of Management at Warner University in Lake Wales, FL. Warner is a Christian liberal arts university with approximately 1,200 students. I teach management, entrepreneurship, organizational operations, negotiation and conflict resolution, and general business classes. It’s the realization of a life-long dream to be a college professor. And we’re an easy drive to watch the Lakeland Flying Tigers minor league team.
One of the greatest mercies God has extended to me has been the gift of a great family. I met my wife, Tonya, while we were both in college. If I remember correctly, it was after an intramural softball game when we really spoke for the first time. We were married in 1990 … young and in love. She currently teaches at Spessard Holland elementary in Bartow, FL.
We have two daughters: Hannah and Hope. We named our oldest daughter after the Hannah in the Bible — for we empathized with her patient longings for a child. Our prayer for Hope is that God will use her to bring his hope to the world.
Of course, our daughters are beautiful, talented, well-mannered, smart, funny, athletic, and all the rest. (I was just practicing for the day when we’ll become grandparents — a day we hope is long, long away).