I was born in Seattle, and grew-up intermittently between here and California. After high school, I went straight into the Air Force and served four-years culminating with Desert Storm/Desert Calm. I was married in my junior year at Northwest College and graduated in 1996 with a degree in Religion and Philosophy. That summer we moved to the north shore of Boston and I completed my Master of Theology degree. I stayed for four years as the Director of Marketing for Gordon-Conwell. We moved back to Seattle in 2000. Over the next four-years, I served three positions at Northwest University, ending with Vice President for Student Development, and started a new church with my close friend Dan Neary.
In 2004, we moved back to Boston, where I completed the more robust Master of Divinity Degree and pursued my PhD in Theology. For three years, I was a full-time Ship Chaplain in the busy and amazing Port of Boston. Now, we have been back in Seattle and here at Canyon Creek for almost 7 years! I have promised my wife that we will not move back to Boston – ever. We are delighted to be here, and I am excited about the future of this church. This staff is not interested in doing church as usual. But, like generations before us, we are ready to reform the church and to live courageously for God. I am passionate about building community and Christian discipleship. I whole-heartedly believe in the church’s potential to impact the world, change lives, and build the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
My role here is to provide the environments and experiences for everyone to grow-up in their faith at all stages from childhood through adulthood. You can ask me questions about all GROWTH ministries from Canyon Kids, Youth Ministry, Young Adult to Adult Small Groups. I am here to help!
Married To: Jennifer Rae on December 30, 1994. I am a lucky man.
Children: Josiah Christian Theodore, born June 1999; Samuel John, born March 2002.
What I Do For Fun: I try to make fun out of ordinary life. It's all we have time for! Otherwise, I love getting lost on purpose, books and places without people.
What TV Shows I Watch: Generally, I hate TV. But, I am no purist. I do watch almost anything on Discovery, “How it's Made", Diners Drive-in, and Dives, Iron Chef and the occasional Top-Gearwith the boys"
What Movies I Recommend: Henry V, Braveheart, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, So I Married An Axe Murderer, In America. Recently, I would add Inception. Great movie.
Where I Like to Travel: Manzanita Beach, Vashon, | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico | Palm Springs, CA | New York, NY
What I Like to Read: Reading "Radical" by David Platt, “The Pursuit of God,” by AW Tozer; “Not the Way it is Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin” by Cornelius Plantinga; “The Death of Satan” by Andrew Delbanco; “Faithful Church: Issues in the History of Catechesis” by John H. Westerhoff and O.C. Edwards (This is way more interesting than the title sounds). “The Albion Trilogy” by Stephen R. Lawhead; Anything by C.S. Lewis. Try the Space “Trilogy” or “The Weight of Glory” if you have read his more popular work; “The Silmarillion” by JRR Tolkien.
What I Eat: Any good Pho, Sushi Zen, Pen Thai ; Red Robin; Pickle Time, and anywhere Jon Gouras recommends.
What I Drive: Ford Taurus. No Jokes. I dream about a 1969 Mustang GT convertible (California), red with white interior. Also have a soft spot for the 1970 Chevelle SS and 1968 Fastback
Where I Shop: Wherever they are having a sale. My favorite shirt was $3.99.
What I Drink: Double Tall Americano
What I Want For Christmas (or someday): Whirled-peas