I was born and raised in a Christian home and attended a Baptist church with my parents during my childhood. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe the facts of the Gospel message, but there came the day when I had to make a conscious, deliberate decision to place my trust in the One about Whom the Gospel speaks, Jesus Christ. In Daily Vacation Bible School at the age of eight, I responded to the invitation given by our pastor. I became deeply aware of and convicted by my own sin, and I received forgiveness through Jesus Christ by repentant faith in Him as my Lord and Savior. Baptism by immersion followed soon after.
I didn’t grow much in my Christian faith during my teen years, and my faith became tattered while attending a secular university. Following college, I married and began a secular career in credit union management. God, however, did not give up on me. Following the birth of our first child, my wife and I both recommitted our lives to the Lord. We told Him we were willing to do whatever He told us to do. We got busy attempting to serve the Lord as lay people within the church, working in whatever capacity we could.
As time went on, we accepted more and more responsibility within the church. I began to feel that the career I had chosen was unfulfilling and empty in comparison to the time we spent serving the Lord. My wife and I discussed this and found we were both feeling the same intense desire to serve the Lord more. Not dramatically or audibly, but we both felt as though God spoke to our hearts calling us to full time pastoral ministry. I prepared for ministry by taking classes through Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music, then received an M. Div. through Trinity Theological Seminary. I continue to have a passion to preach the Word and shepherd the flock of God, and I consider it the highest of all privileges to have been called to be an ambassador of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ.