1984 - 1997
Bethel West Seminary - San Diego
1981 - 1984
Arizona State University
1997 - 2015
Founder - President - Trainer
Ruka Dopomogy - Ukraine
2006 - 2015
Founder - President - Trainer
International Teams Ukraine
2012 - 2015
Team Leader - Transform Uzhgorod
International Teams US
1992 - 1997
Associate Pastor of Family Ministries
Orange Villa Bible Church
1988 - 1992
First Baptist Church El Centro
1984 - 1988
Rancho Bernardo Baptist Church
As a youth pastor I led several short term mission trips with teenagers and families to Mexico over ten years during which time we founded a church near Mexicali.
My minor in seminary was missions.
As founder of International Teams, which I served a year as President, we have mobilized over 100 Ukrainian missionaries to 14 countries. Currently I teach at our missionary training school.
Administration / Teaching
I was raised in a Christian family. My parents started a church in Chicago with three other families (I would briefly serve there as youth director while attending Moody Bible Institute). I always felt the call to be a missionary and loved my work as a youth pastor. God brought both of those desires together in 1997 when I went to Ukraine with Reach Out Youth Solutions (ROYS) to launch their youth ministry work there. Within a year ROYS had partnered with International Teams US which has been my employer since. I founded Ruka Dopomogy (Helping Hands) in Ukraine for the purpose of coaching Ukrainian churches in youth ministry and turned it over to Ukrainian leadership in 2005 (although I continue to coach churches under their leadership).
In 2006 I co-founded International Teams Ukraine. I served as President for a few years, served on the board of directors, and continue to teach at our missionary training school in Ternopil. During that time we trained and mobilized over a hundred missionaries to eleven countries - India, Israel, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Portugal, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
In 2012 I started the Transform Uzhgorod project with International Teams US. This is a community transformation project whose purpose is that no one is invisible and everyone has access to food, freedom and forgiveness. I lead four ministry teams - Orphan, Roma, University Students, and Victims of War. I would want to develop this ministry as part of my Mission Pastor responsibilities in the community in which I will serve.
The orphan team is made up of over 65 volunteers from several local churches that hold abandoned babies everyday at the Children's Hospital, minister to the toddlers as they are transferred to Svalyava and then as children to Chynadievo. We have also started a Life Skill training program for the older orphans in Chaslivtsi in partnership with Ukraine Without Orphans.
The Roma ministry ministers to the 4000 Roma that live in three camps in the Radvanka region. We have provided clean drinking water, removed the piles of trash in the camps, repaired the roads to allow ambulance access, provided water to the local polyclinic, and installed storm windows in the school. All of these projects were done through the three Roma churches we have partnered with. They have seen their churches double in size since we started these community transformation projects. We do not separate compassion from mission, because Jesus never did.
Uzhgorod is a university town with nearly 20% of the population being students. We opened a university cafe to build relationships and share Christ with university students. Over 1200 Indian medical students study in Uzhgorod who are mostly Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim. We have built a team of Christian Indian students and lead an English-language fellowship.
Our newest ministry is to Victims of War as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In our short few months we have helped a refugee family find housing and employment. We serve several refugee families that attend our lead church (we house one refugee teenager as part of our family). We also collect and distribute humanitarian aid to families of wounded soldiers. We held four summer camps for refugee children and children of wounded soldiers.