I come from a rich heritage of ministers and missionaries, the son and grandson of American Baptist missionaries, I was raised in Belgium, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Israel. This legacy of being raised in multiple cultures and languages has helped me to serve Christ in diverse, cross-cultural contexts.
My eight years in Israel were spent doing undergraduate and graduate work at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and later I served as the Academic Dean of a Bible College in Tel Aviv. While spread over different decades, my years in the United States were spent completing graduate work at Fuller Seminary and later teaching at Azusa Pacific University. For fourteen years I lead two churches in Southern California that were active in church planting and mission efforts. It was during my last pastorate in California that I responded to a call to serve at an international church in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition to my pastoral duties, I launched a leadership training program that now functions in two African nations, as well as initiating a microfinance/business training program as a means of alleviating poverty. Upon my returned to California in 2016 I served as in Interim Pastor before having the privileged of becoming the Senior Pastor of GVBC.
My beautiful wife Sue has a bookkeeping/accounting business and has served churches through various administrative roles, facilitating finance courses and discipleship programs. We are the parents of four children, and have seven grandchildren with number eight on the way.