What is your role at EGBC?
I am the lead pastor of Preaching & Teaching at EGBC. So, I strive to faithfully teach God's Word for the equipping of the saints, to do the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12).
What job/educaton/life experience do you bring with you to EGBC?
In 2007, I began a pastoral internship at Grace Bible Church in Fair Oaks, which led to me serving on pastoral staff there for 11 years. In 2013, I finished a Master's of Divinity from The Cornerstone Seminary, and I am currently working on a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching at The Master's Seminary. My great longing is to fatithfully shepherd Christ's church through the preaching of the Word.
What are you most passionate about when it comes to ministry?
I am passionate about seeing mature disciples of Jesus built up who radically love Christ and live for Him. Mature disciples of Jesus Christ will serve the Savior with a reckless abandonment both in the Church and the community - which is what I long to see God do at EGBC.
Tell us about your family.
I married my college sweet-heart, Katelyn, in Jauary of 2007. We have four delightful sons - Joel, Hudson, Owen, & Carson. I love being with my family, raising my sons, exploring new places together, and finding quiant coffee shops with my wife.
Tell us how you came to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
In God's gracious kindness, I grew up in family where my parents loved Jesus. They taught me about sin and my need for the Savior throughout my life. At some point in my childhood, I remember "asking Jesus into my heart," but I really doubted my salvation for many years. I doubted because I was placing my confidence in my perfomance, my works, my own attempts to be righteous. I was not trusting in the completed work of Jesus on the cross. During my college years I began to study the Word of God more carefully, and came to realize that it is all Christ. Christ did it all. The message of the gospel is simply repentance and faith in Jesus alone. Priase be to God during that time in my life I became fully convinced of my desperate need for Jesus and my total inability to be righteous by my works.