Work History

Work History
Jan 2008 - Present

Senior Minister

First Christian Church
  • Oversight of 4 Ministerial (Youth, Children, Worship, Connections) and 5 Administrative Staff (Office Manager, Admin Asst, Housekeeper, Financial Secretary, and Property/Maintenance) and yearly budget of $466,000, of which 12.5% goes to Missions.
  • During 8 years of preaching ministry, God has blessed us with tremendous numerical growth:
    • active pool of those calling FCC home: 500+
    • worship attendance increase of almost 50%, from 220 to 325, averaging 6% attendance growth per year
    • 225 additions: about half baptisms and half transfers/memberships
    • Giving has increased 55%, from $5,500/week to $8,500/week. We have gone from an average deficit (income vs. expenses) of almost $40,000 per year for over 20 previous years to current positive cashflow ($35,000 surplus during 2009 alone.)
    • We have twice raised over $100,000 (beyond regular budgeted operating expenses) for capital campaigns.
    • Increase in Church Staff: Have added Children's Minister, Worship Minister, Connections, Administrative Assistant, and Property/Maintenance.
    • Developed and implemented, in collaboration with church leadership, a churchwide disciplemaking process called The 3Cs: "Celebrate God, Cultivate Growth, & Communicate the Gospel." See See the one-page implementation of the vision here: "Living the 3C Life" (also down below in "Portfolio".) This included a revamping of our visual identity that clearly communicates our vision.
    • Catalyst Coffee Company — Initiated vision to launch marketplace ministry 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose first iteration, Catalyst Coffee Company, is a coffee shop on our community's downtown square whose purpose is to be a catalyst in our community. First Christian Church has funded it in its entirety—over $95,000. Our motto is "Brewing great coffee. Pouring into our community." We give away 100% of profits to support already existing community nonprofits and ministries and to create space for rubbing shoulders with our community in ways we never otherwise would. God has blessed our efforts already. We've seen new people at church. There are numerous redemptive conversations happening daily. Almost two years in, we are making money. We've been featured in newspaper and magazine articles. We are excited to see how God is going to use it to extend His Kingdom! (See "Catalyst Coffee Company" below, under "Portfolio", for more.)
    • Implemented new concepts and accountability structures to improve ministry effectiveness.
      • "Pizza With the Pastor" - 2-hr FCC intro class, first step in Connections process
      • "3CLIFE" Class - Introductory class, 2nd step in Connections process
      • Sermon Wrap-Up Class - A class, immediately following each Sunday's message, where we funnel new folks who aren't yet ready to commit to a Sunday School class
      • "Simple Church" Class - 2-week class to teach 3Cs discipleship process
      • Worship Service and Band - Transitioned from fully traditional to a blended-contemporary service, from piano and organ to a full range of instruments and styles
      • Ministry Team Handbook - Guide to improve ministry effectiveness for our 8 Ministry Teams, including a number of key concepts dealing with role of Elders, Deacons, and Ministry Team Coaches, and expectations for how they work together. (See "Portfolio" below.) We have since transitioned from 8 lay-led teams to 3 Staff-led teams that cohere around our 3CLIFE mission and equip volunteer leaders.
      • Impact Team - once quarterly leadership development, volunteer training, and strategizing meetings for volunteer leaders
      • Sermon-based LifeGroups ministry - from 0 to 12 groups (See "Study Guide" below.)
      • Transition from Sunday-School-till-you-die classes, all of which used one standardized curriculum, to modular, quarterly Study Groups that offer full range of curricula
      • Elders & Deacons Handbook - Sets out expectations for leadership and asks prospective leaders to prayerfully consider fitness for the task before covenanting with the local church. (See "Portfolio" below.)
      • Transition to and maintenance of online presence and administrative management: website, membership/financial database
      • Have transitioned 5 people from staff positions to being... not staff.
      • Morale & Ministry within Staff: Weekly Staff Top Ten(ish) Accountability Questions (see "Portfolio" below), Weekly Staff Meeting and Lunch, Staff Evaluations, Job Descriptions, Staff Retreat
      • Yearly financial audit, improvement of financial accountability and openness of records
    Mar 2003 - Dec 2007

    Associate Minister of Youth

    First Christian Church
    • Transition of ministry identity from inward-focused youth group of 10 to externally-focused 180 Student Ministry of 25-30.
    • Oversaw all aspects of preaching, teaching, leadership
    • Developed Adult Leadership Team of 8 volunteers (started with 1), began staff meetings and numerous other administrative processes; initiated and led youth worship band, Cafe 180 Maintenance Team
    • Fixed up abandoned house and began "Cafe 180" where "Overtime"  after-game gatherings regularly saw 60-75 students in attendance
    • During last 2 years of transition to Senior Minister (2006-2007), shared numerous responsibilities with existing Senior Minister: preaching, visitation, leadership meetings, staff meetings (which was 2 of us then!), Adult Sunday School teaching
    Aug 2002 - May 2003

    Residence Director

    Milligan College
    • Oversight of 3 residence halls and 170 college men
    • Primary Responsibilities: Professional and spiritual development of Resident Assistants and students, enforcement of school policies, crisis intervention
    Dec 1997 - Jun 2001

    Student Ministry Pastor

    Calvary Church (now GracePointe Church)
    • Experienced tremendous growth from 4-5 youth and 2 adults to 100+ active middle and high-school youth and 15 adults.
    • Developed, wrote, taught, and implemented 40-page strategy of Calvary Student Ministries’ vision.
    • Preached twice weekly at 180º meetings (Middle & High School) and occasionally in Sunday morning worship service.
    • Mundelein Police Chaplain
      • Provided on-call counsel to officers and citizens
      • Completed training for crisis intervention, death notices, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, first-aid and CPR
    Aug 1995 - Jul 1996

    Youth Intern & Director of Kids Connection

    Lifespring Christian Church
    • Youth Intern - Helped to oversee operations of youth ministry programming for 50-60 youth grades 7-12 (my oversight involved mostly Junior High) and 10-12 volunteers:  Sunday School, Bible Studies and fellowship activities.
    • Kids Connection - Oversaw all aspects of operations of after-school daycare program for 25-30 children grades K-5 and 8-10 volunteers.


    Jan 1991 - Jan 1995

    B.A. - Theological Studies

    Wheaton College

    Discipleship Small Groups Cabinet, World Christian Fellowship Worship Team, Varsity Soccer Team (team captain, chaplain, and member of an evangelistic mission to Spain/Portugal)