Trying to find some direction, I joined the Army Reserves. This didn't provide the course correction I was seeking, but a year after coming back from Basic and AIT, I met my wife. We got off to an atypical start, but a couple years later, I returned to college and Lisa and I started getting that feeling that something was still missing. That something was Jesus, so we started going to church where I had the privilege of seeing my wife baptized. And while I had believed that I was a Christian, having said a prayer and growing up in a local church, it was here that something in me changed. It was in the Fall of 2000 and the Spring of 2001 that I experienced the life transformation that comes from being reborn in Christ.
After returning home, I was selected as an elder and sat on the administrative leadership team for my local church community. Lisa and I adopted our first son. Eventually we moved and ended up meeting a great church-planting couple. They went to Seattle and we landed back in Salt Lake City. We adopted our second son and settled into our little neighborhood. I enrolled in seminary through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Masters of Divinity. Presently, I am working on a Doctorate of Ministry at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. I was ordained in 2012 and am presently serving as the lead pastor at Redeeming Life Church and a consulting pastor at Risen Life Church. My family and I love serving and worshiping in Salt Lake with the Risen Life family!
In addition, I contributed a chapter in a book called Letters from the Front Lines: Iraq and Afghanistan (Granville Island), as well as numerous other articles in print and on-line, short stories, a radio essay, and even a children's story recorded by a professional reader. And I contributed to a meditative devotional Bible called Holy Bible:Mosaic (NLT, Tyndale). I hold and A.S. and an A.A.S from the College of Southern Idaho, a B.S. from the University of Utah, and an M.Div from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Somehow I've managed to break every one of the Ten Commandments, and I still seem to do really dumb stuff from time-to-time; but now I realize how spectacular God's grace truly is. I can't thank my Savior, Jesus Christ, enough for his atoning work on the cross and his continued work in my life. If you'd like to learn more about what I hold to, please read This I Believe or feel free to Contact Me. Or if would like to know more about what it is to be a Christian, I am happy to chat.
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