How I came into relationship with Jesus Christ:
Being part of a pastor’s home, I heard the gospel early and often. We were at the church every time the doors were open - worshipping, learning, serving…catching frogs in swamp behind the church. Also, my parents did a great job of integrating everything we did on a daily basis at home with an understanding and a desire to worship God with our lives. At the age of 6 my dad was preaching a message on a Sunday evening that included some descriptions of the reality and severity of hell - that was an eye opener for a little dude! When we arrived home that night after church, I immediately (and uncharacteristically) went to bed. I was so effected by the eternal consequences of sin that I couldn’t sleep. I got down on my knees in my dark bedroom and asked for forgiveness from my sin. It was that instance that solidified in my mind the need to be saved, but it wasn’t until years later after after continued growth in understanding that I realized I needed a Savior- Jesus, and a relationship with that Savior. In Junior High, High school, and even college, all the pieces of what following Jesus really meant came together, but yet I really struggled to give Jesus my full devotion instead of setting my affections on the world. As I continually grow in Christ, I have truly become convinced that so much of what the world offers is a cheap and destructive, but walking with Jesus is so rich and meaningful. It’s the only place to have true freedom, hope, and joy (Colossians 3:1-4). Praise Him for His saving power!
How I came to Harvest:
I first became familiar with Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago when James MacDonald came several times to speak at Cedarville University where my wife and I attended. I was immediately impacted by and drawn to his unapologetic preaching of God’s Word. For over 10 years after graduating from college and serving at a church in Traverse City, I attended the Harvest Conferences as often as possible, read Pastor James’ book “Vertical Church”, and even attended the Harvest Training Center for Worship in Chicago over an entire summer in 2014. I just couldn’t get enough of the vertical philosophy of the worship and ministry of Harvest. After hearing about the incredible start and growth of Harvest Spring Lake and meeting several of the staff members, I couldn’t help but be excited about what God has done and is doing at HBC Spring Lake. In March of 2016 Pastor Dave and Pastor Cal called me to ask if I would be willing to prayerfully consider coming on the worship staff. After talking with Michelle, we together felt God’s unmistakable leading and confirmation…so here we are! We are honored to be able to serve here and are excited to see what God will do.
What I do at Harvest:
I serve on the worship staff and help plan and lead the worship elements for both campuses.
Why I do what I do:
I do what I do as a worship pastor because for me there is nothing more meaningful than leading God’s people and his bride before His throne in worship. Worship is what we were created (Revelation 4:11) to do and to provide an avenue in a worship service for people to worship their Creator is an honor and an incomparable privilege.
At Harvest Spring Lake since: May of 2016
On staff since: May of 2016
Education: Cedarville University - I majored in Pastoral Studies with Church Music Emphasis and I also have attended the Harvest Bible Fellowship Worship Training and obtained a Harvest Training Center for Worship certification.
Previous Work: East Bay Calvary Church (2002 to 2016)
Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Married to: Michelle and I have been married since December of 2002. Michelle is absolutely my better half and to say that I “married up” would be an understatement! She is so passionate about ministry and serving others that it inspires me almost daily to be the best pastor, father, and husband that I can be.
Children: Charlie (9), Claire (7), and Henry (3)
What I do for fun:
All throughout my life I’ve developed a love for just about any kind of sport you can imagine (except NASCAR…I’ve tried). I also love the outdoors, so being on the beach, in the woods, on the water, or on a trail are all things that I love. Mostly, I love being with my family. We love to spend time together and wherever we are together we have a lot of laughs and a lot of fun.