I began attending Sunday School with my grandmother at the age of 7 in my hometown of Long Beach, California, and at the age of 12 believed in Jesus Christ for everlasting life. At 18, after a massive internal struggle with the call He had placed upon my life, I surrendered to serve Jesus in full-time ministry, earning my bachelor degrees at California Baptist University in Riverside, California, and then my master’s degree at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
I began serving in church ministry positions over 40 years ago, (youth ministry for 16 years in Texas and California), as well as education, administration, and discipleship positions for 10 years. I then served as a lead pastor in San Diego for 24 years.
While in seminary, my cousin introduced me to this gorgeous girl named Terri that I fell head over heels in love. We have been married now for over 36 years, having four adult children, and have been blessed with a daughter-in-law as well as a son-in-law (we will be adding another son-in-law to the family VERY soon!), and…two adorable grandsons.
Our story of how the Lord brought us from San Diego to Southeast Michigan is, well, remarkable. There simply is not enough space to tell the story; look me up if you’re interested in learning about it. To have the Lord lead us here to The Lakes is something only He could do. To have an opportunity to serve Him here at The Lakes in this capacity as Spiritual Growth Pastor is a privilege and a blessing beyond description. I am eager to get to work with this remarkable church and staff in our mission to Know Jesus and Make Jesus Known!