Where I come from
I preach and lead adventure-based discipleship ministries as the Teaching Pastor at Meadow Springs Community Church in Portland, Oregon. I have been teaching at Multnomah Biblical Seminary for over 12 years, and have been pastoring for over 20 years.
Evidence of a passion for communication goes all the way back to middle-school speech classes for me. Still searching for direction after high school, I joined the U.S. Army for four years. God used that time to set the course for my life and ministry. Following the Army, I attended Philadelphia Biblical University and then Multnomah Biblical Seminary, where I received the John G. Mitchell Award and my M.Div. degree. An increasing realization of my love for teaching and preaching God’s Word led me to pursue studies under Dr. Haddon Robinson at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where I was awarded the D.Min. degree in 1999.
The dual role of pastor and professor are a perfect fit for me. My fervent desire is to help people experience fresh encounters with God through His Word. I believe that the opportunity to pass on the skills and passion for dynamic biblical communication is a fulfillment of my personal calling. In addition to a passion for preaching, I use my love for the outdoors to lead people into new experiences with God.
Family and extra-curricular, non-ministry activities
With my wife and five children, I enjoy mountain climbing, hiking, motorcycling, and other outdoor pursuits.