Born in Vermont, my sister and I spent our school breaks exploring the beautiful mountains of my dad’s property. The rest of the year growing up was spent in Southern Florida, getting into trouble and looking for shark teeth at the beach. My mother and step-dad raised us in a Christian home, but I’d say my faith wasn’t my own until after my family and I moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1999 for work. We grew to love Prescott and I enjoyed the small town life. After a brief tour of the party lifestyle and a brush with a pretty serious medical condition that required a few surgeries, my faith began to grow and I began feeling called to vocational ministry. I started working at a local church in Prescott in 2004 on the janitorial team, volunteering with kids’ worship, and eventually helping lead the kids’ ministry and youth program while I continued discipling students.
I moved to Phoenix in 2010 for a change of pace and got involved with Praxis Church as a volunteer. I met my wife, Helayna, at a Redemption Community in Scottsdale. We hit it off and were married on the one year anniversary of our very first date. Eventually, we were sent out as a part of the Redemption Church Flagstaff plant. We had our first child, Eleanor, in Flagstaff in the middle of a snowstorm in December 2012. She’s full of joy and loves all things princess related. We then moved to Los Angeles, California, where I served for four years at an incredibly faithful church, Reality LA, as the Kids and Youth Director. It was here that our second child, Roland, was born. He’s a gentle soul, but loves a good fight with his dad – it’s complicated. We love exploring the city, going for walks, and watching movies; things most families like to do in the city.
We have always felt a draw to the Phoenix area. Even when we moved to Flagstaff and Los Angeles, we knew we’d end up back here. We just love this city, we love what God’s doing here, and feel called to be a part of it. During the past few years, God has been building a burden in my heart for families. Any approach to ministering to kids and students is, in the end, best done through equipping parents in discipling their kids. All our best programs and plans fall short if they’re not reinforced in the home. My heart is to see families built up in their role as disciplers and deepened in their dependence on God’s grace through it all. My family and I are humbled to be here, and so excited to meet you!