July 4th, 1975
Juniata Christian School, Vassar MI (K-12)
Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola FL (B.S. Bible – Youth Ministries/P.E.)
Bethel Baptist Church, Manistique, MI – Youth Pastor/School Teacher
Antioch Baptist Academy, Warren, MI – School Teacher/Athletic Director
Evangelist Bob Holmes – Set up/ Organizational
Golf, Watching/Playing Sports, Water Skiing, Playing with my kids.
As a 5 year old boy, I realized my need for a savior, when one Sunday, I was confused by a message about Heaven and Hell, I heard my uncle preach in junior church. Later that afternoon, I asked my mom if she would explain to me how I could go to Heaven. It was at that moment that I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. With getting saved at such a young age, I had several moments at which I doubted my salvation, however each time, I came back to the promise of Scripture, that if a man calls upon the name of the Lord, he shall be saved! I knew that that day, I had “called on the name of the Lord”, I knew His promise to me was that He had saved me!
I went to a Christian school my entire life, and was, I guess, you would say a “typical” Christian school kid. I knew more about the Bible than many adults, however, did not apply what I was learning to my life. After high school, I chose to study business at PCC because it was in Forida, near the beach, and it was cheap! Not the most spiritual decision making process, however, despite my foolishness, God used PCC to change my life. It was during my second year that God got a hold of my heart through the preaching of His word and I changed my major to Bible and committed to do anything the Lord had for me, including missions.
Although, I had committed to missions at that point, the Lord did not show me that he wanted me to go into missions, but rather to study youth ministries. I never really felt like he was calling me to be a “youth pastor” but I was just willing to be used in any way possible. After college, I took a position at small church, as the youth pastor/school teacher. It was during that time that the Lord really opened my eyes to what he wanted me to do with my life, it was obvious to me and everyone around me that my talents were in the area of teaching.
I resigned my position at the church, got married, and took a teaching position at a different school in the metro Detroit area. After 5 years there, the school was down sizing its teaching staff, so I began to look at other options. Evangelist, Bob Holmes, the one-man volleyball team was at our church and expressed a need for someone to set up his meeting and do some traveling with him. After much prayer, I accepted that position with Bob, and worked as his set up man for 2 years. I was able to travel the country, preach and teach in churches, and make a difference in the youth of America.
About a year into my time with Bob, we found out that we were going to have a baby, so after discussions with my wife, pastor, and other advisors, I felt like the life of traveling was not for me anymore and my responsibilities were more at home now. It was about 4 years ago now that I resigned my work with Bob, and have been in the secular workforce ever since. I have had a strong desire to get back into full time Christian service, but until now, the answer from the Lord was always, no. Waiting on the Lord has been hard at times, but I am so glad that I did, because we are so very excited about the incredible opportunity He has blessed us with. I cannot wait to get to the Dominican Republic to join an established ministry with a great team! I am looking forward to what the future holds for me and my family in the Dominican Republic!