I am a husband, a father, and a pastor (in that order). Here is the short version (my bio can be found at http://www.rejoiceinhope.com).
As a child, I grew up around church, even attended church, but never was connected to a church family. On November 24, 1985 (my 13th birthday), I accepted Christ as my Savior. Unfortunately, my spiritual journey didn’t begin then; in fact, my leap of faith didn’t really happen until much later in life.
I met my future wife in 1994 (we worked together as paramedics). We began dating in the spring, got engaged in the summer, and married in the fall. She was the spiritual leader of our home, and because of her our children began their life in church as infants. She influenced me through her faith and her daily walk, and continues to influence me today. Because of her, and my strength through God, I was able to become the spiritual leader in my home.
In 2007, God called me to vocational ministry and even through my kicking and screaming, He called me to preach. My secular career in public safety (that began as a teenager) came to a screeching halt; God radically changed my direction. As an adult, I was in a place of discomfort – it was a place I’d never been before, for the first time in my life I didn’t know what was next. Quickly I realized, I had to become nothing, so God could become my everything. The minute I turned it all over to Him, I found my answers and I knew the direction I should head.
Perhaps being a student, starting college again, as an adult… as a husband… as a father… was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, or so I thought. Walking away from a job that I had dedicated my life to for so long, stripped me of my identity (and my salary). Many things changed that first year – but God handled it all!
I am now serving as a pastor, and realize each day that I am unworthy to be who God has chosen me to be. I realize that I could never be a man of God without Him. My identity is no longer in my occupation; my identity is found in the God who saved me! I am not perfect, I’m a work in progress. God is changing me daily and for that I am so very thankful!