How do our words affect the environment in our homes?
Why do we choose to hide from a God who knows where we are hiding and is asking: "Where are you?"
One of the greatest resources and responsibilities that God has given me is my family. My wife Carol and I were 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.
My wonderful wife Carol and I.
Eli, Aden, and I having some guy bonding time.
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 prepare sermons, organize worship services, recruit and train volunteers, and oversee the day to day operations of the church, as well as facilitate Advisory Team meetings. I have lead the church through a name change, recruited staff, and helped the church focus on outreach. Also, I have been involved in weekly staff meetings at a larger church that averages over 700 in attendance providing devotions and input as needed as well as receiving insight into my current leadership development. I also serve our state district as a sectional representative (and the only lead pastor) on the youth and children's ministries leadership team.
I helped perform pastoral duties during a pastoral transition for our church of 350, and led all the midweek services during that time. I was involved in almost every Sunday morning service in a platform role as well. I led services for young adults and young families on a regular basis. 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 resourcing for our church.
I worked directly under the owner helping in the management of our two stores. I was responsible for customer service, as well as overseeing of the staff. I was also responsible for our accounts payable and receivable, as well as filling out all federal, Illinois, and Missouri tax forms.
My wife and I helped launch a ministry to the 18-35 year old young adults where the vision was to provide a place for people to belong before they believed, be loved before they were lovable, and challenged to go beyond the comfortable. The national average for a young adult group in a church our size was 15 at the time, but our group was more than triple that number.
I held many different 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 week 430 mile trek from Southern France across Northern Spain. I planned the itinerary, set up lodging, and helped with the services each evening.
1. Belief 2. Achiever 3. Context 4. Connectedness 5. Strategic
I am currently taking the courses necessary to achieve ordination in the Assemblies of God. The courses should be completed by late fall.
Through the Illinois District's School of Ministry and Global University's online program, I completed the courses necessary to obtain a minister's license with the Assemblies of God.
Emergency Medical Technician Basic course completed and passed National Registry exam.
I studied Spanish language, literature, and culture. I also studied bible and theology courses.
Certified in Incident Command Structure for Disaster and Emergency Response Leadership
Completed necessary requirements to be a security officer in IL