What do you do for fun?
I enjoy taking the kids out to places where they can work out all their energy! Whether its the neighborhood park or a theme park.
I enjoy experiencing different restaurants with Monique and friends. Good food and drink has a quick way of pointing me to God’s goodness!
Going to the gym is probably my favorite way to de-stress and de-clutter my mind.
I love watching movies and TV shows that creatively and intelligently reveal stories of brokenness and redemption.
Reading is both a necessity for being in ministry leadership but I try to intentionally read fictional books now and then to activate different parts of my brain and heart.
What are you passionate about?
The Greek word for “passion” is often linked to things we are willing to die for. As I’ve grown in my understanding of that word, I’ve come to understand that it has nothing to do with our hobbies or favorite past times. PASSION should be used to describe things or people you are willing to die for, so for me, what am I passionate about? - Jesus and His Kingdom. I’m passionate about my wife and partnering with God to help her thrive and grow in her relationship with Him. Lastly, I absolutely love being a father to my two boys Jackson and Josiah; discipling them to know and love Jesus!
I’m also passionate about maturing people in their life journeys with Jesus, from new believers to seasoned ones. I believe we are all constantly growing in our understanding and experience of God’s grace and love. However God chooses to use me in that process, I’m open, and that plays out in my marriage, my parenting, my friendships and family relationships, as well as in my ministry.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I used to be a member of an all-male hip hop dance team here in San Diego called FORMALity.
Everyone should read…
Gospel by JD Greear
The Imperfect Disciple by Andrew Wilson
Father God by Dave Patty
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Harry Potter series (through a Gospel lens of course lol)
Narnia series by CS Lewis
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given was…
“No one here wants to hear your junk. No one cares. Why don’t you take all that to Church or something where it belongs”
This was what was said to me when I was pouring my heart out to someone I thought cared about me as a friend. It definitely hurt because I felt unloved and dismissed, but by God’s grace, I actually heeded the person’s “advice” and went to Church the following Sunday. That experience changed my life dramatically and was the beginning of me being found by Jesus. I never looked back. I never ever give the above “advice” to anyone but I would say this: “At the end of the day, people will always have the potential to fail you if you’re looking to them to be some kind of Savior to rescue you. However, Jesus will never fail you because becoming your Savior and King is exactly why Jesus come down in the first place”.
The second best piece of advice I’ve been given: “Having control is an illusion”.
God is ultimately always in control and He will never lose it.
My favorite word in the English language is…
Looking back, so much life and joy has come out of those unexpected moments.