Pastor Of Family Ministries
I was blessed to grow up in a large family with godly parents who passionately demonstrated and shared the love of Christ to us. At an early age after hearing the Gospel one night, I realized my desperate need for Christ and placed my trust in him. I knew that I was a sinner and did not want to go to Hell. I knew that Christ loved me, and gave his life on the cross so that I might be saved and redeemed.
As I grew, I read my Bible, memorized scripture and served in the church, but often it was out of a legalistic sense of doing what I should as a Christian. I remember asking my parents what my purpose was, and instead of giving me a simple answer they told me to search it out, to read the Bible and see what God said.
What a difference it made when my relationship with Christ became one of loving Him, because He first loved me! I started living to glorify God. John Piper said, "God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him." And what a satisfying God He is! I still clearly remember the first time reading the Bible because I eagerly wanted to know more about Jesus, instead of just because I needed to - it was AWESOME!
Now, I wish I could say it was easy after that, but it's a daily battle each day to glorify God as an obedient follower of Christ. As I struggle and often fall short, Christ proves over and over to be sufficient, directing my eyes back on Him.
I praise the Lord for the godly men and women who have discipled me and challenged me, throughout my life, along the lines of Proverbs 3:5-6 to follow the call of Christ in my life. It is a worthy pursuit.
The Lord has covered my needs through building houses, serving 12 years full-time in the Military, and finally through the church, but through it all by His grace, I have had the privilege of discipling the next generation through kids, youth & young adult ministries, and one-on-one discipleship, along with many camps, mission trips, and the many other opportunities that the Lord has called me to. Day by day God has been graciously growing me, and I have had the immense privilege of seeing God work in amazing ways - often in ways I couldn't even imagine.
In 2011, I married my wonderful wife, Leah, whom I depend upon greatly. We have had the joy of serving together in Youth Ministry ever since! A couple years later God called us to Brantford to help plant this church. We've been blessed with four exuberant children and a wonderful church family.
Through out these years there have been times where I wondered, "Why, God?" and there have been times that felt overwhelming, and yet in every moment God was good and showed his grace to be more than sufficient. Looking back it's clear to see that his plan is so much better than mine (no matter how slow I am to learn that). I am so thankful to the Lord for all that He has worked in my life. He has grown in me a joy and passion to point others towards a growing relationship with Christ.
MY HOPE FOR MISSION CITY
My hope for our church is that God would raise up the next generation to be passionate God-glorifying followers of Christ who are committed to leading future generations in following and glorifying our great Saviour. I pray, as Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:14-19 that we would be able to comprehend the love of Christ more and more each day until the day that we get to spend eternity in His presence. What a day that will be!