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I grew up in a relatively small town in Ohio, called Findlay. It wasn’t until I was 19 years old that God revealed to me my absolute need for Jesus as my Savior because of my utter sinfulness and my inability to save myself. Two years later I had a sense that God was calling me into a teaching ministry in the local church. Having this call on my life I knew I needed to be trained and decided to attend New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha Wisconsin. While attending Bible College I met my beautiful wife, Sarah, and we were married December of 2005. While residing in Wisconsin I was also heavily involved in a local church and was asked if I would consider enrolling in their internship program. I served for 2 years in that program under a man who taught me almost everything I know about being a pastor. It truly was a Paul and Timothy relationship. It was in this church and setting that I really began desiring to model my pastoral ministry around discipleship.
We moved from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania for two primary reasons; we couldn’t take another Wisconsin winter and we were starting a family and wanted to be closer to Sarah’s Dad, Mom, and 7 siblings. We have since had 5 beautiful children and my family is at the center of my love, life, and effort. I began ministering with Faith Bible Fellowship Church in Fleetwood as the director of student ministries and continued my education through CCEF where I secured a Certificate in Biblical Counseling. This has been crucial in forming my philosophy of ministry and my approach to discipleship. Change always happens through the pathway of the heart and if we want heart change then we must enter into people’s lives so that they feel confident in sharing their hearts with us. This requires discipleship that is relational and intentional. I am currently working toward a Master’s of Biblical Counseling through Reformed Baptist Seminary.
From 2016-2017 we had the pleasure to serve the people of Grace Bible Fellowship in Quakertown as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship. In doing so, I grew so much as an individual and as a Pastor. I really felt the sense that God was calling me into a Lead Pastor position and this was also confirmed by many of my Pastoral associates. This motivated me to apply for the position of Senior Pastor at Berean. In the fall of 2017 we were excited to become part of the work that God is doing in the Berean family as well as the Stroudsburg area.
I have a passion for declaring the supremacy of Christ in all things through the expository preaching of His Word. My desire is to see the local church as the primary arena for discipleship as we intentionally engage one another, as well as our community, with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope to see each one of us grow in the glorious gospel of Jesus as we embrace what is true of us in Him and submit ourselves to His loving lordship in every area of life. God the Father has called the church to make disciples by the power of the Holy Spirit through committed relationships, to one another, to the world around us and to the truth of His living, incarnate Word. I pray that we might be faithful to this endeavor. May God bless our efforts.