After Jesus, my family, seen in the picture below taken at Cady's graduation this spring, is life's greatest joy for me.
Left to right, our son, Connor, our youngest, is studying geology during his junior year at Fresno State this year. Chris--Michele and I are celebrating 26 years of marriage this year and getting ready for the "empty nest." It is a little more emotional than we anticipated. In the center, Cady, our second daughter, graduated from Fresno State in May with a degree in art. She is studying at Capernwray Bible School in England this year (in a castle, no less. How cool is that!). Michele works as the office manager for a water brokerage company and also works part-time for a local engineering firm. Charis, our oldest, lives in an apartment with a friend (who had lived with us for two years). Her degree is in communications, and she works full-time at the same engineering firm where Michele is employed part-time.
Growing up in a Christian home in Spokane, Washington, I put my faith in Christ at an early age. Over the years I reaffirmed my faith through rededications and strong discipleship in my local church. I began to sense a call into ministry during my college years. After working several years in the telecommunications industry, I attended Dallas Seminary where Michele and I met. Michele had come from Tennessee after graduating with a communications degree from Bryan College. She earned her Masters in Christian Education while at Dallas Seminary. After my graduation we married and I worked for the seminary while Michele worked for a Dallas-based ministry called "Hope for the Heart". After a couple of years working in Dallas the Lord called us up to my first pastorate back in the Northwest in Yakima, Washington.