I was born and raised in Findlay, Ohio, a small community about 40 miles south of Toledo. I’m the oldest of three children. I received my Bachelors Degree in Ohio, spending two years at Ohio State (Go Buckeyes!) and then finished my B.S. in Education at Bowling Green State University.
Following college, I taught elementary school for several years and then joined the non-profit sector. In 1984, I moved to California and continued working for non-profits, until I eventually found my way to the private sector where I worked in healthcare technologies.
After answering my call to ministry in 1999 I began my Masters of Divinity at the Claremont School of Theology, graduating in 2004. While under appointment as a student local pastor I served at the United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms and Christ by the Mountains UMC in Rancho Cucamonga. Following graduation I spent one year under appointment to a new church start in the San Diego area. I have also served as the associate pastor at Northridge UMC and as the senior pastor at La Mirada UMC, Montebello UMC, First UMC El Monte and Light of the Canyon UMC, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church – Tarzana, Christ Church by the Sea in Newport Beach, and now here in. Lompoc at First United Methodist Church.
I feel a deep passion for the local church and its ability to make disciples of Christ. My previous appointments and training have prepared me well for developing and revitalizing congregations. While under appointment to plant a new church in San Diego, I was afforded the opportunity to train with and to be coached by nationally recognized church planters. My desire is to assist local churches with understanding the health of their church and to develop new life, new energy, and new strategies for growth and disciple-making.
I am single and have two miniature dachshunds, Louie and Lara, who are the apples of my eye. I enjoy spending time with friends, hiking and swimming, reading and watching movies; and, just about any old thing you can think of to do.