How I came into relationship with Jesus Christ
I grew up in a Christian home (my dad has been a pastor since before I was born) and came to saving faith in Jesus at 7 years old. Even though I was saved, I lived like I was trying to prove I was good enough for God. It wasn't until the summer going into my senior year of high school when I was on a mission trip that God opened up my eyes to the glorious truth that I have been saved by grace through faith alone and not because of my own merit. Today, He is continuing to reveal to me the beauty of Jesus and is making me more into His likeness by His Spirit's work in me.
What I do at Mosaic Community
I have the honor and privilege to help students and young adults follow Jesus! I do this primarily through teaching God's Word, investing in our incredible volunteer leaders, and building relationships with our parents, students and young adults.
Why I do what I do
I honestly can't imagine doing anything else than ministry! I consider it a precious gift to be able to walk alongside students and young adults in their walk with Christ and see the Holy Spirit transform them more into the likeness of Christ.
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (Bethel College, 2013)
I've been married to my lovely wife, Ruth, since April 2015. And we get to work together! We don't have any kids, but do have a wonderful collie-lab named Sinopaw.
People would be surprised if they knew...
In college, if you were to ask me if I thought I would ever be in youth ministry, I would have said: "NEVER!" Now, I absolutely love youth ministry - this is truly the best job I've ever had!
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hands down the peanut butter (and bacon!) burger with a side of sweet potato fries from Hamburgerseria in Joliet.
A favorite childhood memory
Watching and discussing late 90's Christian punk rock music videos with my older brother, Ben.
I can move my Adam's apple on command. Yes, that is strange.
Favorite place you've visited
New Zealand (during a semester abroad in college)