Growing up with amazing parents who taught me about the goodness and love of God from the time I can remember, I had the optimal opportunity for a perfect life. But don’t you know, no matter where you come from or how you grow up, each of us has this little problem with our moral compass. Sure enough, mine was broken too and it kept a life of peace with God just out of reach. Fortunately, my parents and church family were patient with me. And even more important, so was my Heavenly Father. They continued to teach me the right way and God continued to draw me to Himself. As I grew, I often took two steps forward and one (or three) backward. But God had a plan for my life when He created me and He never gave up on His plan. Jesus saved me at a young age, but over the years I have had to give my life back to Jesus often. Now I realize, I just need to surrender to Him pretty much every day.
The more I submit to God, the more I enjoy discovering His beautiful plan for my life. I see it through my family (beautiful wife Jen and three great young men growing up in my home: Milan, Josiah and Ben), through my church family and through my personal times with Him. God has been so good to us. Right now, I am enjoying my role at the wheel of this amazing gathering of people called LifeBridge.
Even though there have been some very dark valleys in this life, God has always brought me through to a glorious new mountain view on the other side. I will surely see more valleys, and I know there will be more mountaintops to experience. But what really keeps me going is the promise that the final destination will be the best mountaintop ever, WITH Him forever. For now, the journey continues, until that great and glorious day.
What you do on the weekends for fun - Work on our new wooded lot or go for a bike ride.
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Aussie-doodle dog Josie and fat and sassy cat, Graycie. Oh, and Turtle. He’s a turtle.
Fiji or the Maldives or really any tropical island.
I’m constantly learning what it looks like to live life WITH God. He has led me on a pretty amazing journey so far from growing up at a youth camp not far from South Haven, to missions in Amman, Jordan. I never desired or expected to work in the local church world but I believe I’m right where God wants me to be.
I love to be outside with my wife and four kids, whether it’s a beach, a trail, or a park we try to get outside every weekend.
I could always go for a pork chop on the grill.
A turtle and fish! Someday we will give in to the kids’ plea for a dog…
Cyprus - a Mediterranean Island; it has tropical weather, ancient history, and delicious food. I’ve never been there but it looks AWESOME.
Growing up in a Christian family, I had the privilege to spend many of my formative years learning what it means to be a follower of Christ from a variety of church leaders. One in particular set out the importance of not merely making an acknowledgement of Christ, but actually building a relationship with Jesus. The years that followed were a radical journey from West Michigan, to inner-city Philadelphia, and even to the ghettos in South Africa. Through it all I’ve been challenged over and over again to rebuild my life in Christ, and continue learning every day what it means to be a son of God.
A dream weekend would involve ultimate frisbee and board games with friends. Or kayaking. Or grilling. Or… well close near anything that doesn’t involve going to the opera (sorry opera lovers).
Spaghetti with a nice bolognese and genuine parmesan cheese. Close second would be anything off the grill.
My family has two dogs: Lando and Chewbacca. Ironically, Chewbacca is the short one between the two, but both are excellent co-pilots.
I know this is cheating, but it’s an absolute tie between visiting Scotland or New Zealand. I love mountains and the Sea, and Scotland has both of those in spades. New Zealand is all about walking the locations from Lord of the Rings.