I am the Interim Pastor for our 2016-2017 transitional plan. I am responsible for some of the preaching, teaching a Sunday morning Life Group, focusing on pastoral care and a few specific ministries, encouraging our elders by being a sounding board, and supporting and mentoring Pastor Dave.
I grew up in a Christian home and came to know the Lord Jesus as my personal Savior at the age of 8. God has used the local church in my life as a primary source of spiritual growth and direction. During 46 years of vocational ministry, I have served as a youth pastor, senior pastor, Bible college professor, a pastor to missionaries in east Africa, and an interim pastor.
I have been married to Linda since 1968. We have 4 grown sons and 13 grandchildren, My greatest joy is to see my children and grandchildren "walking in the truth" (2 John 4).
I am the Lead Pastor for our 2016-2017 transitional plan. I am responsible for helping our church understand and live out the life-changing gospel of Jesus. The gospel is good news that affects every area of your life, for God’s glory and your joy. The gospel is the entrance way to salvation, and also the framework for growing more like Christ. The gospel can set you free! I handle the majority of the preaching, communicate the vision of the church on behalf of the Elders, and mentor and equip our people to serve the Lord with joy and awe.
I grew up in a good church, but faith for me was basically spiritual life insurance. During my college years, I was at a summer camp, and I was reading the gospel of Mark. In it Jesus declares, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” And that’s when God showed me His amazing grace. Since I began that journey, I have seen a faithful and merciful God do greater things than I would’ve ever guessed or imagined. I know where I’ve come from, where I’m going, and the savior Jesus who made all of that possible. Can I tell you more about Him?
I have been married to Sarah since 2004. We have three unpredictable sons (Kenan, Ezra, Jude) and one beautiful daughter (Eden). My children are storytellers, LEGO enthusiasts, and Eagles fans, just like daddy. Unlike daddy, they don’t enjoy a strong cup of coffee, but I would love the chance to share one with you.