I grew up in church, in an airforce family, always there when the doors were open, parents involved on boards and committees, but also moving often, and I'm so thankful to God for how that has influenced my life.
That's not to say my life was sunshine and roses, I experienced sexual abuse from and extended family member when I was young, and my parents separated when I was a Junior in High School, and while I feel God has built me up and shielded me from much of the trauma, it inevitably has an effect. Fortunately, my relationship is good with my parents and they both believe in Christ to this day.
Growing up in church, I remember "going to the altar" at a VBS when I was very young, and always having an awareness of my faith. In Elementary and Middle School I was the kid that wore cheezy Christian parody shirts of soda brands and tv shows I didn't even watch (I don't anymore). But I also remember God prodding me in Elementary to live what I said, and in High School I had a moment where it hit me even more strongly, "If this is real, it should affect my whole life and how I interact with everyone."
In Middle School and High School, I regularly went to meetings at the local Youth for Christ center called "The Rock" and, as a High Schooler, I was asked to start being a student leader with the Middle School group. This was my first time being part of ministry leadership in some form.
I went to college to study music, as I had been planning since 7th grade to be a music teacher, and I learned a lot during that time about myself, about God, and the nature of Truth. In my third year, I heard God tell me it was time to leave school for a new direction, and I wrestled for a week while at a Kid's Camp on whether this was from God or just a random thought, but through prayer and other people God impressed on me that this was from him, so I dropped out of College and started working, not sure what was next. Soon after, I was asked to come on staff at YFC, where I was still volunteering at the time. I worked there for about 6 years and had some great mentors and examples in faith.
Recently, God called me away from YFC and into ministry at my local church, right here at what was then called "Minot First Church of the Nazarene." I've been ministering to teens all of my adult life, and while I don't know what God has next for me, this is where I am now and I hope to be faithful in the responsibility.
I married my wonderful wife Natalie in 2015. We have 2 cats. They are great.
HOPE FOR HOME CHURCH
I pray Home Church can be a people who understand and live in the greatest calling, to love God with everything we are, and to truly love those around us.