I was born in Aurora and grew up in Littleton. In high school, my stepfather, who had raised me, became addicted to cocaine and other drugs. Before my eyes I saw a man destroy his life and I realized that my life was headed in a similar path of meaninglessness, despair, and destruction.
The Lord used this difficult season to draw me to Himself through a series of interactions with passionate followers of Christ. At the age of 18, by grace, through faith, the Lord made me a new creation and set my life on a new course of enjoying and pursuing Him forever.
Since that time, the Lord allowed me to graduate from Colorado State University and Denver Seminary. I was married to my wife Jennifer in 1999. In 2003 I was ordained by Colorado Community Church and we were commissioned as missionaries. We served ten years at The Harbor in Okinawa, Japan in a church that served the military community stationed there. In 2013 we moved to Brno, Czech Republic to serve with Pioneers International as Church Planters. At the end of 2015 we felt called to return to Colorado to care for my wife's father who is suffering from Alzheimers.
In addition to planting Redemption Parker, my wife and I still continue to serve with Pioneers International on the Europe Core Leadership Team. You can learn more about that ministry here.
Since 1999, Jennifer has been my partner in life and in ministry. She is gifted in the areas of hospitality, teaching, and women's discipleship. She enjoys teaching our daughters, time in the mountains, travel, reading, blogging, and meaningful conversations with friends.
Additionally, I count it as one of God's great blessings to me to call Rebekah, Zoe, Abby, and Hannah my daughters. Each of these girls have unique giftings and passions.
Hope for Redemption Parker
My hope for Redemption Parker is that God would raise up an authentic community of men, women, and children who know and worship the triune God rightly, and that powered by the Holy Spirit and motivated by the gospel we would give our lives away as we follow Christ in acts of compassion, mercy, and grace.
Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy watching the Broncos and the Lakers (I know, I know, that's not right), as well as playing basketball and tennis. In the summer, you'll often find me on our trampoline with my daughters attempting back-flips, front-flips, and other stunts no forty-year-old should be doing.
I enjoy reading and discussing all kinds of books including theology, history, missions, leadership, philosophy, apologetics, pop-culture, current events, good fiction, and books I read to my daughters before bedtime. Several years ago, some like-minded Christian brothers and I began to read and review 52 books per year (www.my52books.com). Some of my favorite authors include C.S. Lewis, Os Guinness, John Piper, N. D. Wilson, J. I. Packer, and Timothy Keller.
Speaking and Writing
In addition to reading many blogs, for years I have blogged about issues related to our mission and ministry, social issues, philosophy, and apologetics. I am also passionate about public speaking - particularly any time I have the privilege to preach God's Word is a great joy and honor to me.
I was born on March Air Force Base, in California in 1976. My dad was in the Air Force and we moved several times until we finally ended up in Arizona. I grew up in a Christian home, went to Christian schools, and was at church every Sunday and Wednesday. By the time I graduated high school, I thought I had the Christian life figured out (and didn't really need or want anymore). However, during my Freshman year in college, I encountered a cult who really shook my faith. I did not have the all of the answers, and quickly found out that knowing the right answers was not enough. God used this time to show me that what He was really asking for was my whole life in obedience to Him, not just knowing the right answers and saying the right “Christian” things. This is when I really started following Christ.
During this time, I met and married my wife, Sandie, and graduated from college with an Engineering Degree. Sandie and I moved to Tuscon,AZ started our family, and I worked as an Engineer. Although God uses many experiences and circumstances to conform me to the image of Christ, there have been a few key moments in my life that highlight this ongoing transformation. One of these moments came a few years after graduation, just as I was settling into life as an Engineer. I was successful at my job; we had a new house, and a new truck. I was in full pursuit of the “American Dream.” Then God decided to show me that my heart was pursuing the wrong things. We were involved in student ministries at our local church when the youth pastor left the church suddenly. I had no intention of changing my vocation, but it became clear that this was what God was asking me to do. God used this experience to reveal my heart and priorities. So I quit my Engineering job and became a youth pastor. God used that year in many ways to shape me to be more like Him.
A year after that, God moved us to Phoenix, and I took a job as an engineer again. We found a great church, and became very settled into our life in Phoenix. We were involved in leadership at our church, leading the young adults group, and growing our own family (with 4 kids, and one on the way). Again, God asked for my obedience. My sister's husband was leaving her and her 4 children, and God was asking us to relocate to Colorado to help her. We started praying that God would make a way for us to help, and within 3 months, He answered our prayer with a work opportunity that would require us to relocate to Colorado. This was one of the best times in our lives. We learned that being in the will of God, doing His work, living on mission was the only place we wanted to be.
After 2 years, we moved back to Arizona, hoping to start right back up where we had left our lives in Arizona. God had different plans, and the Engineering Company that I worked for in Phoenix was relocating everyone back to Denver! It was a hard decision, but after much prayer we really believe that God was calling us to go back to Colorado. So we packed up again, leaving our church family, friends, and Sandie's family and moved to Parker, Colorado. We are excited to see what new work God has in store for us here as we seek His will for our lives here in Parker.
Sandie and I have been married since 1999, and have 5 children; Cole, Ethan, Blake, Grace and Lucy. Sandie and I believe that as followers of Jesus, we are called to make disciples, and that our 5 kids are at the head of that line. Especially as our kids get older and start entering their teen years, we definitely feel a sense of urgency in teaching our kids how to follow Christ. We strive to live as a family on mission in our neighborhood, work, and schools.
Hope for Redemption Parker
One of our greatest hopes for Redemption Parker is that God uses this church to grow and mature believers to live on mission so that we can reach Parker with the Gospel message. I am excited to see us reach Parker by becoming a group of people that learn to be more intentional in our relationships both with believers and unbelievers as we build community together.
Hobbies and Interest
Growing up I loved basketball and my favorite team was the Phoenix Suns. I thought that Dan Majerle was the coolest. I still play now and then, but now that I am getting older, I have transitioned to some more old man sports, like golf. Also, now that we are in Colorado, we are enjoying more outdoor activities we can do as a family like hiking, camping and snowboarding. No 14ers yet, but who knows, maybe this is the year! My wife and I also enjoy working on home projects. We have done everything from kitchen and bath remodels to landscaping and even building a pool. We always seem to have a list of about 20 projects to work on. I blame Pinterest and Fixer Upper for both the fact that my list is so long and that I know what shiplap is.