I am blessed to come from a long history of godly people who love and served the Lord. At an early age, the day before my sixth birthday, I too realized through the Holy Spirit that my friendship with God was broken. I remember the weight of my sin pressing down on me as I raised my hand in children’s church. I stood up and walked to the back of the room and down a hallway finding my place on a tile stair. It was there that I bowed my head and asked God to forgive my sin through the sacrifice of Jesus His Son. My sin was forgiven, but I had a lot of growing to do. I left my own trail of sinful choices – but I never forgot who I belonged to or that day in the basement of a Bible church in a very average mid-west suburb. It wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I fell in love with God through His Word. I woke up one morning to the Holy Spirit’s prompting, “Would you just pick up My Word and read it for yourself?” And that started my insatiable appetite to know God and His Word. I am the least of anyone to create children’s ministry but God offered me an opportunity through my pastor, and I said “Yes”.
God has allowed me the incredible honor to pastor a congregation since 2003. Growing up in a church-going home, I did not make a personal decision for Christ until my junior year of college. It was there I experienced His love for the first time through God’s word by the power of the Holy Spirit. It was such a powerful encounter, I immediately began to share my faith by leading Bible studies, desiring to see God work powerfully in others. My love for pastoring people grew naturally as God moved in peoples lives.
I was given the opportunity to help plant churches throughout the United States while my own church grew in size and passion to worship Jesus. God then moved my heart and turned my focus to children’s ministry. Using the tools God had blessed me with to preach and teach God’s word, I saw God use me in ministering to children. Writing curriculum was the perfect fit for the gifts and abilities God had given me. My life experiences of walking with Jesus along with the educational training of seminary matched perfectly as I poured myself into God’s children. I did not go looking for the opportunity, God found me and placed me where He wanted me.
As a father of four, my constant unceasing desire is for them to experience Christ in a way I never did growing up. As a pastor my desire is that all children would have their heart touched by God’s love through His word. I believe no child should have to wait until their adolescence or later to experience God. Their radical life for Christ can start today and it is my honor to see that truth come to fruition.