Though I tasted some of God’s goodness during my youth, Jesus did not fully capture my heart until I was 20 years old. I was an experiential learner, having to learn many hard lessons during my teen years. This culminated in a DUI at the age of 19, allowing me the opportunity to see the natural outflow of my self-centered and destructive lifestyle.
In God’s mercy, he used my parents, the Fleming family, and Wilson family to open my eyes to his love and forgiveness, revealing to me the freedom that he offered me in Jesus. My parents exhibited a tough love that forced me to consider the consequences of my choices. The Fleming family provided a place to meet college students who were followers of Christ. Will Wilson graciously presented the gospel to me, while teaching me the spiritual disciplines that would help me to grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord, Jesus Christ. During this transitional season, I was able to walk this journey with my lifelong best friend, Ryan Gulbrandsen.
For the past 15 years, the Holy Spirit has been transforming me through regular exposure to the Bible and fellowship in the local church. God has gifted me with an amazing wife, Carolyn. We have been blessed with five wonderful children (David, Jonathan, Joshua, Ella, and Caleb). We are fortunate to have our extended family in town, including both sets of parents, our siblings and their families, including eight nieces and nephews. By God’s grace, all 27 members of our combined extended families worship together at Firm Family Church.
I have worked as a financial advisor for the last 13 years, while Carolyn is educating our five children at home. We are both involved in teaching capacities in the local Classical Conversations homeschool program.