I was born in Seattle, but grew up in several locations in Washington and Idaho. I learned early what it meant to be a follower of Jesus and how to fake being one. In eighth grade I began reading through the Bible, motivated by a jab my science teacher made about Christians. God used those times of reading and a few influential people to change my life. I began seeking His work in my life through Jesus. As God worked, I looked for ways to grow.
In college, I volunteered to serve in a variety of youth ministries from camps to missions trips and weekly Bible studies. I ended up getting a degree from Moody Bible Institute, and on November 6, 1995 accepted the invitation to serve as youth pastor at Whitney Baptist Boise. At Moody, I also met my wife Rebekah. God has blessed us with three children who bring us crazy joy. We have been humbled to serve side by side with some amazing people, seeing God transform our lives together.
After five years in ministry at Whitney, the church sent us to seminary at Corban University. In 2012, I became the senior pastor at Whitney.