Welcome to my new blog. My hope is to encourage you as we journey through life together. I was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in the Church of the Nazarene. I attended Northwest Nazarene University and had four great years there! Four days after graduation, I married Renee on June 16, 1994. We then moved to Kansas City where I graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary and Renee graduated with a business degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University. We loved our time in Kansas City (and the BBQ), but God moved us back to my home state where I became pastor of the South Broadway Church of the Nazarene in Boulder. It was there I began my doctoral studies at Denver Seminary and Renee graduated from Regis University with her MBA. We also visited the Holy Land with a group of fellow ministers from Colorado and had the most remarkable time in Israel. Our time in Boulder was amazing, but in 2002 we moved to Oregon where I became the pastor of the Springfield First Church of the Nazarene. I am the longest serving pastor in the 68 year history of the church, starting my 16th year now. I also teach Spiritual Formation, Introduction to Christian Service, Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally/Developing a Missional Church, Biblical Interpretation, and Leadership of Christian Educational Ministries for Nazarene Bible College and enjoy teaching very much!
We have two great sons! Caleb is almost 16 and loves everything football (he’s basically inaccessible during the three days of the NFL draft), and just completed his first season of track. Micah is 11 and loves sports too, as well as reading, animals, and video games, and feels called into the ministry! He’s also getting to the point where he can almost (not quite) beat me at chess. Renee is a masterful baker and cook whose speciality is baking holiday goodies from scratch and blessing our church, friends, and neighbors around Christmas time with the tastiest of sweets. She’s also quite crafty when it comes to women’s ministry events, etc.
I love to preach, teach, and study God’s word as I seek to bless, encourage, and equip God’s people and help those outside the church discover Jesus. As a Wesleyan-Holiness pastor and theologian, I am firmly convinced that the experience of entire sanctification is God’s perfect will for each and every person as the Holy Spirit desires to cleanse our hearts from sin and empower us to live fully for Christ as we carry on His message and ministry. I enjoy landscaping and tinkering around with woodworking, as well as reading extensively and working on writing my first book.
For the 2013 General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene in Indianapolis I submitted a resolution to change the wording of our Nazarene Article of Faith IX, section 9.2 which passed overwhelmingly by the Assembly and given to the Board of General Superintendents for further review and evaluation. At the 2017 General Assembly the resolution will finally be ratified to reflect what we as Nazarenes believe about the important and beautiful Biblical doctrine of adoption – God adopting us into His family!
I’ve most recently submitted a proposal through our District office to the Regional Directors of our denomination to formally consider a sabbatical policy for our global missionaries, which they do not currently have. I’ve been blessed to have two, 13 week sabbaticals (in 2009 and 2016) and advocate for all Christians to have a weekly 24 hour period of Sabbath (rest), and for those in Christian ministry to set aside the necessary time for sabbatical. Most of all, God has called me and my family to point people to Jesus. We’re not perfect at it, but we are striving daily, by God’s grace, to exemplify the love of Christ to all people in our sphere of influence.