If the church doors were open, my family was there. That’s how I remember my childhood. My dad was on staff as music and youth pastor and I enjoyed going to church. Sitting in Grandma Lily’s Sunday School class at 5 years old, I remember kids going up front and explaining how they had accepted Christ as their Savior. This happened a few weeks in a row and I began to question what this meant. I remember going home one Sunday and asking my parents questions about it. I went to my parents room where my dad shared John 3:16 and other verses in Romans. I understood that there was nothing I could do on my own to restore my broken relationship with God that had been cut off by sin. I realized that it was only through accepting Christ as my Savior, and believing that he took the penalty of my sins for me that I could be saved. As much as my little mind could understand, I also believed that it was only by the grace of God and through faith that I could be saved. I knelt down by the side of my parents bed and my dad led me in a prayer to accept Christ as my Savior.
At the age of 12 I realized my need to express my faith through baptism and was baptized just a few weeks later. Not long after that I went on my first missions trip. It was on that missions trip that I really saw the depravity of man and felt God leading me to ministry. I didn’t know what that meant but I committed my life to doing whatever it was God wanted me to do. That decision was further enhanced and fostered through my summer weeks at Lake Ann Camp. God kept reaffiming that desire to be used by him through ministry.
Sarah and I actually met at Lake Ann Camp and later grew in our relationship at Cedarville University, where we became very good friends for several years. It wasn’t until after we graduated that we began to date. Just a few months later we were engaged and were married July 21, 2007. For the last 10 plus years God has been using us in ministry, and more specifically in ministry to young people. The last 8 years we have been full time missionaries and have lived overseas in India and Romania.
We love working with teenagers and college age students. We have done this primarily through camp ministry, where we have served as kitchen staff, counselors, program directors, worship leaders, speakers and much more! But at the very heart of all of our ministry has been the desire to see students come to know Christ as their Savior and then grow in their walk with Him.
Through the years God has steadily been working on me and molding me into who he wants me to be. I have so much more to learn and grow, but I try to live a life that is continually trusting him through his leading. Sarah and I love the verse Psalm 119:105 - “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” If God’s Word is a lamp to our feet, most of the time we can’t see further than one or two steps. We have learned that true faith is just taking the next step God has lit up for you and trusting that he knows what the rest of the path looks like, even if you can’t see where that next step will lead you.
We are excited about this next step of joining the Sanctuary Bible Church Family and look forward to what God will do in the coming years!