I was born in San Diego, California into a Catholic family. Even though we went to church weekly and I was “confirmed” by the church, I didn’t know God as my personal Lord and Savior. So when I left home to attend college at Cal Poly University in Pomona, it only took one philosophy class to shake my “faith”. I quickly became agnostic, at best.
My undergraduate studies were not a complete waste of time, as it was at college where I met my wonderful wife, Stacey. We were married a year after we graduated. My degree also gave me the opportunity to work for General Electric. I started in a management training program in Los Angeles. Three moves later, I was in Northern California to manage GE’s large distribution center there, my first management position. In 1996, Stacey and I were blessed with the birth of our daughter Julia.
After completing my MBA at Santa Clara University, GE moved us three more times (Connecticut, Bakersfield California, and finally to Hawaii). It was the move to Bakersfield that God used to get a hold of me. I was staying in a hotel for two months, while Stacey and Julia were in Connecticut waiting for our house to sell. It was during this alone time in my hotel room, with few distractions, that I contemplated the big questions in life … Is God real? … Does life have meaning without God? … What if I’m wrong? Then, using the Bible in the hotel room (thank you Gideons!), I began to read God’s Word. On February 16, 2003, I got on my knees in my hotel room, with tears rolling down my face, and gave my life to Christ.
Since that day, God has used His Word and Spirit to transform my life. In 2007, He led us to Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor, where I had the opportunity to get involved with the drama ministry, as well as a home fellowship. It was through our home fellowship studies that God called me to full time ministry. So in August, 2014, I left corporate America for full time ministry. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve the Body of Christ as the Administrative Pastor. We are so blessed to have a church that contends for the faith. That is why Jude 1:3-4 is a key verse for me:
"Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ."
Time is short. The Lord’s return is imminent. Let’s Go 4 God together and contend for the faith!