My wife, Denise, and I have been married since 1978 and have four children: Charles (wife Julie), Cody (wife Lindy), Kyla and Kari (husband Brandon). We have five grandkids with one on the way.
I am a fourth generation preacher with the presence of a strong Christian ethic on both sides of my parent’s families. That has been the greatest influence in my faith journey. I grew up with the thought that the choice to be in church is made only once. After that, you just go when it’s time to be at church because that decision has already been made. The ethic of going to church is still strong in my family. My dad was the strongest influence on my decision to obey Christ. And yet, I resisted the idea to preach until a senior in college. I felt a burden to preach. After getting a business degree, I moved into Biblical studies for my post graduate work. For 28 years after that, I was in a pulpit somewhere, including spending the first nine years of ministry planting a church in Missouri.
My favorite Bible verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24. "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it." It is my favorite because it describes our God as one who will always follow through. I have restated these words often as my motivation to finish well.
In 2006, I joined the staff at The Hills. After working the first five years in Outreach, I moved to become campus minister for the newly forming WFW campus that launched on August 7, 2011. Now community groups minister, I help people find and lead groups where they can follow Jesus closer than ever before.
My hope for the future of The Hills is to help leave a church that honors Christ and scripture and that makes sense to those Christ followers as they work and serve their generation.