Director of the Mordecai Project and former editor of Charisma Magazine
One of the greatest resources and responsibilities that God has given me is my family. My wife Carol and I married in July of 2000. In April of 2005, our first son Eli Joel was born. Then, in June of 2009, God blessed us with the birth of our second son, Aden Shawn.
I exist to love those entrusted to me. I do this by helping, encouraging, equipping, and inspiring others to embrace life and move towards wholeness and maturity. When I am gone, my legacy will be that those my life has touched are healthy in spirit, mind, and body and are helping others to achieve the same.
I serve Eastside church as the second in command under our lead pastor.
I received an appointment by the fire chief to serve as a chaplain for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. I have the honor of visiting the fire stations, and have assisted on active fire scenes as well as loss of life incidents.
Currently, I serve at a church with around 800 in average Sunday attendance. I help oversee the day-to-day financial as well as the employee payroll and benefit operations of the church. During my time here, I have also helped to launch the 412 School of Leadership to equip those wanting to further develop their callings by using a mixture of Global University curriculum along with various teachers sharing practical ministry knowledge.
I prepared sermons, organized worship services, recruited and trained volunteers, and oversaw the day-to-day operations of the church. I facilitated and led Advisory Team (board) meetings. I have led the church through a name change, recruited staff, and helped the church focus on outreach. Also, I attended weekly staff meetings at a larger church that averaged over 700 in attendance providing devotions and advice as needed as well as receiving insight into my leadership development. I also served our state district as a sectional representative (and the only lead pastor) on the youth and children's ministries leadership team.
My wife and I helped to launch a ministry to the 18-35-year-old young adults where the vision was to offer a place where people could belong before they believed. I transitioned as full-time staff in September of 2008. I helped perform pastoral duties during a pastoral transition for our church of 350 and led all the midweek services during that time. I assisted in almost every Sunday morning service in a platform role as well. I led services for young adults and young families. I participated in our pastors' meetings where we discussed vision, direction, and creative elements for our services. I also performed basic office duties while helping with the video recording and online video production for our church.
I worked directly under the owner in managing our two stores. I was responsible for customer service, as well as overseeing the staff. I was also responsible for our accounts payable and receivable, as well as filling out all federal, Illinois, and Missouri tax forms.
I held many ministry positions while I attended Evangel University. Starting as a floor discipleship leader my freshman year leading devotions for my floor, and ending with being the chaplain for all commuter and married students at Evangel where I planned and led the commuter chapel once a month while serving on the commuter leadership council.
Assisted Dr. Eliezer Oyola with the planning and leading of a group of college students on the first ever Evangel endorsed 6 weeks 430-mile trek from Southern France across Northern Spain. I planned the itinerary, set up lodging, and helped with the services each evening.
Certified in Incident Command Structure for Disaster and Emergency Response Leadership
Completed necessary requirements to be a security officer in IL
I have an ISFP personality. However, I have a wide comfort range.
I completed classes through emergencychaplains.org to equip me to serve as a fire chaplain to Sioux Falls Fire & Rescue. I also took continuing training with the fire dept for suicide intervention, peer support groups, and other areas as needed.
I completed classes designed to help understand what local police, fire, 911 operators, and paramedics walk through daily.
Through the Illinois District's School of Ministry and Global University's online program, I completed the courses necessary for a minister's license with the Assemblies of God.
Spanish Major and Bible Minor