I grew up in Cincinnati with Graeter’s Ice Cream, Skyline Chili and a dysfunctional family. God hunted me down at 16 years old through a High School ministry that reached out to this messed-up, hurting kid. During college, I met Shannon on a summer mission project. I graduated in Economics from Denison University in 1992 and we married the next weekend. We then spent 15 years doing college ministry at Ohio State, Bowling Green and Kent State, while I took seminary classes from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Ashland Theological Seminary. I switched over to being a pastor in 2008. Because I love watching Jesus write stories of redemption, I love welcoming and helping humble sinners like myself, and I don’t mind ticking off a few Pharisees along the way. I have two kids (Caleb & Madison) and two pit-lab mutts (Taco & Vida). I enjoy kayaking, eating bacon, and riding my Harley.
I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC and I’m a die-hard Duke Blue Devils fan. During high school God started to give me a desire and passion for full-time ministry. I attended Piedmont International University where God confirmed in my heart that calling. I continued my education at Liberty University School of Divinity. In 2012, I joined the team as the Student Ministries Director. In 2019, I transitioned into an Associate Pastor. And in 2022, I became Executive Pastor. My desire is to serve within the local church and build systems and programs to help people walk with Jesus. My wife Crystal and I have two children – Briana, who we adopted in 2017, and Zion, who we adopted in 2019.
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. I came over to Ohio to attend Kent State and never left. I wasn’t really raised in the church and I didn’t even know working at a church was an option. When God got ahold of my life in college and I found out that I could spend my days helping people connect with Jesus, I never looked back. On my day off, I love to just be with my family. We are always pretty active and on the move. We love being outside, whether that is the zoo, a park or just a hike. If I get time alone, I am definitely a coffee shop and book kind of guy.
I grew up in Hudson, Ohio and met my wife, Kelly, there while we were in 3rd Grade. As I grew up, I always thought I would be a doctor and practice medicine, but as I went into middle school and high school, Jesus began to take a hold of my life. I began to find the most joy in talking to my friends about Jesus, the hope we have in Him, and teaching them more about the Bible. More than anything, I love watching people experience the love of Jesus and Him change their lives. This led me to get my undergraduate degree in Bible and Youth Ministry at Moody Bible institute and then my MDiv degree from Moody Theological Seminary. I’ve had the privilege of serving in different pastoral roles in student and adult ministry in both Ohio and Illinois since 2014. My wife and I have four kids (Rowan, Rory, Elias, and Thaddeus) and a miniature Yorkipoo (Bear). In my free time, I love spending time with my family, reading, and watching all things Cleveland sports.