My wife, Melissa, and I have attended Calvary Bible Church for 12 years. We were drawn to CBC’s dedication to scripture, genuine worship, and sincere fellowship. My wife and I have served in Children’s Ministry and AWANA, and we recently co-chaired the Growing Together campaign. I’ve been involved with D-groups and I currently lead CBC’s Security Team. Melissa is helping lead homeschool teaching groups and pro-life advocacy both inside and outside CBC.
Melissa and I enjoy parenting our four young children. Melissa homeschools them while I’m at work as an engineer. We spend the remaining time playing with our children, fixing our farmhouse, splitting firewood, and drying lumber.
When I was a child, I had very good parents and siblings (and still do). We went to church every Sunday and I was involved with choir, youth group, and other things. However, my eyes and ears were not open to see and hear the gospel or to understand my sinful nature and need for Jesus as my Savior. The Lord used Campus ministry in college, and the believers there, to open my eyes to hear the gospel and accept Jesus. For the first time I understood my sinful nature, repent of it, and ask Jesus to forgive me and give me new life through him. I also began to understand that God has a purpose for my life and is victorious in the end (and He always has been). I gained a relationship with Christ and hope in my life.
Because I have been blessed by believers who have encouraged and shepherded me, I likewise enjoy opportunities to help people gain the hope and joy of salvation and to encourage people in their walks with the Lord. Encouraging people is life-giving to me, and I believe it is a way that Jesus gives me life to the full as he promised in John 10. I also believe it’s an example of good works in Ephesians 2 that God prepared in advance for me to do, not to earn salvation, but to enjoy and display God’s riches and grace. I’m excited for the possibility to serve as an elder at Calvary as we worship Him, grow in our faith, serve the kingdom, and scatter to share the gospel.