I grew up in a great family, but one that did not attend church. At the age of 27 I began dating Jackie Palfenier. She was attending and fully embedded at North Phoenix Baptist Church. As part of our “dating plan” I wanted to attend church with her to try to figure out “the Jesus thing.” God used Jackie and NPBC to save me in June of 1987.
Naturally, I married Jackie in September of 1987. We have two daughters, Shelby and Darby, born in 1992 and 1996. I have had the privilege of baptizing them both into the Christian faith.
In 1990 I met Tom Shrader (one of the founding pastors of Redemption Church) and began attending his Bible studies. He would disciple me where he could and when we had time. Eventually, the business I was involved in was sold (1994) and I left the marketplace with no career at the age of 35. I went back to school, earned a few degrees (Grand Canyon University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Arizona State University), and in 2000 entered vocational ministry. In 2011 I was called to Redemption Arcadia and I started at the Arcadia congregation in February of 2012.
Besides Jesus and my family, I like running, hockey (especially the Chicago Blackhawks), and movies.