I was born and raised in South Bend, IN. I did not know the Lord growing up. I became a Christian when I was 20 years old. It was the Fall of 1994. I was a sophmore in college at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. It was a time in my life when I was depressed and was contemplating the biggest questions of life. Why am I here? What is my purpose in life? Is there a God? Why is there death and is there life after death? The problem of death especially vexed my soul. I came to believe then, and still heartily proclaim today, that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only remedy for death. Jesus died on the cross for my sins and was raised from the dead so that I might have everlasting life. I got saved in the Fall of 1994. I didn't deserve it, and I still don't, and I never will. My life verse is 1 Corinthians 15:10, "I am what I am by the grace of God."
I am married to my beautiful wife, Katherine Rose. She is the lovliest person I know, outside and in (cf. 1 Peter 3:4). We got married on March 17, 2007 (on Saint Patrick's Day!). We have two beautiful boys, Jamie and Nathanael, the loves of my life. I am blessed beyond measure. Again, I echo the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:10, "I am what I am by the grace of God."
My two greatest passions in ministry are preaching the gospel and equpping God's people to share the gospel (friendship evangelism) and making disciples in the church (growing Christians into spiritual maturity). These are not my personal preferences but I believe these are the two priorities for any church according to the Great Commissions Jesus gave in Mark 16:15 & Matthew 28:18-20. God called me to CCC on April 1, 2017. I guess I am destined to be a fool for Christ (cf. 1 Cor 4:10)!
It is my sincere desire and prayer that all who come to Clearfield Community Church will be changed by God's amazing grace. To God be the glory!