- The Outdoors: I love everything outside from camping and hiking to snowboarding and spending a day on the coast.
- Soccer: I’m a forever fan of the Portland Timbers FC (King of Clubs), and I enjoy a good rivalry.
- Board games: Particularly strategy or Euro games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Powergrid.
- My family and friends would probably say I’m more than a little into specialty coffee.
- Family: I love anything involving my wife and kids. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
I grew up under parents who believed in the Lord, and so I spent my early life attending church weekly. Consequently most of my friends were kids my brothers and sisters and I knew from church. It was one of these friends, an older boy named Peter, who helped me understand that I needed my own relationship with Jesus Christ. In the back of a blue Ford van he explained to me heaven and hell and that knowing Jesus Christ was the only way to be able to go to heaven. I made the decision that day to accept the gift of being saved so that I could go to heaven.
Through my mid-teens I was more involved with teen ministries at church and began considering more how I might use my life to serve the Lord for all He had done for me. By the time I graduated, I had decided to postpone going to college for a year and to travel instead to Mongolia to serve in an almost year-long internship that shaped me in many ways. That trip instilled in me the importance of Bible-centered service to others as well as an entirely new respect for the difficulty and value of international ministry. Upon returning from Mongolia I entered Bible college excited to go anywhere or do anything my Lord would want.
Four years of undergraduate studies and three years for a Masters occupied most of my energy and focus, but I made sure not to neglect the social aspects of college life either. It was there I met Emily, and I knew her to be a sweet young woman with a genuine love for God and sensitivity to His Spirit and toward others. She became my best friend, and she would eventually agree to marry me!
The three most precious things I have in this life, following my Lord Jesus, are my wife, Emily, and two great kids, Everett and Piper. The Lord has given me such a wonderful family, and I’m thankful for the responsibility to be her husband and their dad.
I am very thankful for the opportunities that the Lord gave me and the ones he kept from me following college. Some of them stretched and better prepared me for what I am doing today. Joining the CityLight team is both thrilling and challenging and is the biggest step forward we have taken in service to God. It is a fantastic gift and privilege to serve on the pastoral team with CityLight.