Nickname: Not telling…I grew up in Bellevue, WA, the 3rd of 4 kids, with a love of both music and sports...whatever season it was, that was the sport we played. After graduating from Bellevue Christian School in 1989, I spent a few wandering years at Bellevue Community College before hearing and responding clearly to the call from God to pursue ministry full time. I finished my AAS degree at BCC, then transferred to Northwest Bible College (now Northwest University) where I received a B.A. in Church Music with a second major in Biblical Studies. During this time I was attending a fantastic church in Bothell, WA - Canyon Hills Community Church. I began there as a volunteer in their music and youth ministries. Upon graduating from Northwest in 2000, I accepted a full-time job at Canyon Hills to serve as the Assistant Music Pastor. It was also at Canyon Hills that one of the most significant events in my life happened - I met an amazing woman, Julie, fell in love, and married her in November of 2002.
Things were going well at Canyon Hills - I loved that church, loved the people, served with great leaders and made tons of friends. However, God had a plan in store for us that included a move to Bellingham. This call began to form in the Spring and Summer of 2005 and culminated in Julie and I taking the leap to move north to Bellingham. I was hired as the full-time Worship Pastor at Northlake and began serving in December of 2005. Throughout the years I've seen our church grow through the ups and downs. I picked up the role of Executive Pastor a few years ago which simply means that besides leading our worship ministry, I also help lead our church staff in many operational and administrative ares. One of the big "ups" in our lives happened in April, 2010 when our son Brennan was born. He is full of joy and becoming a father has shown me so much about how God loves us.
On a personal note, I still love sports although I watch a little more then I play these days. I am passionate about Mountain Biking and try to take advantage of our local trails a couple of times a week. I also love hiking in the mountains and will always bring my camera along.
As for ministry, what really fills my tank is helping people grow in their faith and trust in Jesus. It's all about Him! I love to lead worship and see our church respond to Him whole-heartedly.
Year Began at Northlake: December, 2005
Family: Julie and I have been married since November, 2002; and we are blessed with our son, Brennan, born April of 2010.
Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” and - Psalm 108:1: “My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all of my soul.”
Where were you living when you were in first grade? Bellevue, WA…lived there until college years.
- Hobbies/Leisure Time: Mountain biking on Galbraith, golfing (not as often as I used to), hiking, photography, fishing, anything outdoors. Also love to write and blog a bit.
- Books: Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Heaven (Randy Alcorn), The Rest of God, and tons of non-fiction adventure books.
- Superhero: Superman – he can fly.
- TV show: Whatever is on ESPN or the Fox Soccer Channel…my wife and I also like to watch Alaska shows together.
- Food: Love all kinds of food, but especially Japanese and Mexican.
- Local Restaurant: My favorite lunch spots are MOD, Brotha Dudes, or Chipotle; favorite date spot is probably Anthony's. Favorite breakfst is either Little Cheerful downtown or The Fork.
- Music: Christian music - Phil Wickham, David Crowder, Matt Redman, Ben Rector, and so many more; secular music – Sting. Have all his stuff!
- Favorite Vacation Spot: Maui (Kihei, to be exact)...love the beaches, and it’s less “touristy” than other parts of Hawaii.
- Favorite Weekend Activity: Hitting the trails on Galbraith. Hanging out with family.
Place you'd like to travel to (that you've not YET been): Italy…would love to experience the food and culture, and everything else it has to offer.
Dream for Northlake: To see a church whose members are consistently growing closer to God, to each other, and reaching out to others. To see a church that worships with passion and truth.