I was born and raised in Sacramento, California by two loving parents - Joe and Dianne Walsh. They were missionaries in Brazil the decade prior to my birth, and so a love for Christ and the desire to serve others has been instilled in me from a young age.
During my formative years my mom used to host an after-school program she called "Backyard Bible Club." She invited all the children from the school across the street where she worked as a nurse. After school the children would come to our house and eat snacks, learn about God, and read fun Bible stories. It was during one of these meetings that my mom explained to me what it meant to accept Christ as my Savior and repent of my sins. She led me in a simple prayer and since that day I have never been the same.
Around 5th grade I became increasingly interested in music. Contingent on the promise I never join a rock band my dad bought me my first guitar when I was 11 years old - an old beater guitar from a pawn shop down the street. To my dad's dismay, though, I started a ska band with a few friends in junior high school and continued to play with that group until the end of my high school years. Sorry dad!
In 7th grade I finally entered junior high and discovered the beauty of the church youth group. Surrounded by an incredible staff and an amazing worship leader my love for worship and the church quickly blossomed. Encouraged by the junior high worship leader to put my guitar playing to good use, I soon joined the worship band. Each week I met with this leader as he invested, trained, and encouraged me to not just be a musician but a worshipper and leader of worship. It was due to his godly support that I eventually found my way into worship/church leader.
To be quite honest, though, it wasn't until I entered high school that I truly understood the dynamics and importance of my relationship with Christ. For whatever reason, I found the favor of the high school pastor who took me under his wing and mentored me. During the next four years he taught me what it meant to be a pastor - to humbly lead, to selflessly give, and to live in godly manner.
As can be expected with most teens, my high school years were a roller coaster; there were lots of high and lots of lows. I can recall one period that was especially dry. Both mentally and spiritually distraught I remember calling out to God for encouragement, for help. Blindly, I opened my Bible to a random passage that read the following: "Because Your love is better than life my lips will praise your name" (Psalm 63:3). Ever since that day this has been my life verse. Not every day has been all roses, but everyday - no matter my circumstances - I still have a reason to praise Him. I still have a reason to worship.
Well, since then a lot has happened. After high school graduation I studied at Azusa Pacific University for four years and received a BA in Music w/an emphasis in Worship Leadership. This was an exciting (and stressful) time for me as I took 18 units every semester until I graduated as well as interning at a church (Valley Springs Presbyterian) for the first two years of college and serving on full-time pastoral staff (Pomona First Baptist) for the final two years!
Two weeks after graduation, though, it all paid off when I was finally able to marry my beautiful wife Becky. A year later she also graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a BS in Nursing and quickly found a job at Children's Hospital Orange County. Meanwhile I continued to work Pomona First Baptist as the Associate Worship Pastor.
Soon, I felt that God was calling me to learn more. Though I considered myself equipped to be a worship pastor in the musical sense, I became increasingly convinced that I would need more if I was going to truly pastor people. With this new conviction in mind I left Pomona First Baptist to pursue grad school full-time. And indeed, grad school proved to be the most transformative educational and spiritual experience of my life. During these years I, more than ever, wanted to worship God and lead others to His throne. Eventually my desires were given an outlet - Ethos Church in Covina. Here I have served as an interim for the last year and have been given the opportunity to worship alongside an incredible body of believers.
In December I graduate from Azusa Pacific University with my MA in Pastoral Studies w/an emphasis in Worship Leadership. My wife and I look forward to whatever God has in store. For we know that God has an amazing plan for us - plans to prosper us not to harms us, plans to give us a hope and a future!