How did the Lord save you?
I came to Christ in 2005, at the age of 23. I had been pursuing my own selfish desires and had discovered that even my greatest of accomplishments were ultimately unfulfilling. I began searching for something that would provide lasting satisfaction and meaning. I was at a family Thanksgiving dinner when friend shared the gospel with me. My eyes were opened to the fact that lasting meaning and satisfaction could only be found in God. I realized that apart from Jesus Christ, I could do nothing to please God. I was immediately overcome with a strong desire to cease living for myself and to begin living life to the glory of God. My priorities changed drastically as I repented of my sin and developed a hunger for God’s Word and love for the Church.
When did the Lord call you to pastoral ministry and how long have you been serving as a pastor?
I received the call to begin leading worship while attending a bible study in 2006. I had spent years playing in secular bands, but had largely stepped away from music following my conversion. Encouraged by friends to use my talents for God’s glory, I began to serve by leading worship for a small bible study and a retirement community. I found that serving Him and others through music brought me far greater joy than all the years I had previously spent pursuing music for selfish reasons. In 2008, I accepted a position leading worship at a small church. As a result of that experience serving the body and shepherding the ministry team, I identified the calling on my life to serve in pastoral ministry as the Lord afforded the opportunity.
Describe both the training you’ve received and other formative experiences that have helped you be a more effective director?
Prior to coming to Christ, I had accumulated nearly a decade of experience as performing musician and band leader. Once I entered the ministry, the desire to serve with excellence led me to pursue formal music education. I enrolled at Arizona Christian University where I received a degree in music with an emphasis in vocal performance. In addition to studying at ACU, I also served as the ACU Chapel Band Director, as Worship Arts Intern at Scottsdale Bible Church, and as the Music Director at Roosevelt Community Church.
What do you enjoy most about the ministry at NCC?
In short… the people! I love the congregation and the ministry team here at NCC! The people are incredibly gracious and encouraging! Their love for God and for one another serves as a true reflection of Christ!
How long have you served here?
I began at NCC as the Assistant Music Director in July of 2015.
What is special about Northwest Community Church?
I am continually blessed and surprised by the sacrificial servant-hood of those who call NCC home. The priority of the Church is very clearly biblical worship of God and the serving of one another, even through seasons of hardship.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Phoenix area. I graduated from Camelback High School.
Are you married? How many children (and grandchildren) do you have?
I have been married to my amazing wife, Joy, since 2006. We have two children, Mason and Soraya. We also provide foster care and have between 1 and 3 foster kids in our home at any given time.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy collecting instruments and really all things related to music. I also enjoy watching baseball, watching movies, camping, and hanging out with my family.