I was born and raised in Southern California until my Father and I moved to Santa Clara in 1994. My mother passed away when I was 8 years old, and it made me a very angry and atheistic adolescent to say the least. I attended Buchser Middle School and Santa Clara High School terrorizing my teachers and anyone who had any religion. When I was 20 years old, a loving family who took me in, invited me to a Gospel-preaching church. I discovered that there was actually an overwhelming amount of evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus and I became a committed follower of Christ.
I married my best friend, Erin, when I was 22 years old, and, over the almost 14 years we have been married, our family has expanded to include 4 children. They are 4 very wonderful and unique children: Reagan (10), Lorelai (8), Evangeline (5) and Boston (3). I started and built up a very successful insurance agency throughout my 20’s that provided for our family and gave me a lot of free time for our children and ministry opportunities. In 16 years of lay, part-time and full-time ministry, I have had the opportunity to be a pastoral intern, a pastor of evangelism / discipleship, an associate pastor, a teaching pastor, an interim pastor and lead pastor for a church plant.
In 2011, I started an equipping ministry called Compelled (compelled.org) that exists to equip followers of Christ to share the hope that we have in an intentional, relational, and relatable way. That training has equipped more than 5,000 people in the Bay Area in person, and many thousands more online through our YouTube channel. Compelled also birthed a discipleship training and an “equipping experiment” that grew into a church plant called “Compelled Together.”
My heart is for people to know and grow more into the likeness of Jesus Christ by not only being hearers of the Word, but doers as well. I specifically believe God has called me to help reach the city of Santa Clara through discipleship and preaching the word of God.