Describe what you do at Grace.
I am the youth pastor here at GBC. I have the pleasure of hanging out with junior high and high school students, teaching them from God’s word and encouraging them in their pursuit of Christ. I also get to plan ridiculous games and events to make sure we have some fun!
I also administrate Grace Kids, working with volunteers to provide sound biblical teaching to our children on Sunday mornings.
What experience, education, and/or work background do you bring with you to Grace?
I received a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from U.C. Davis and an M.A. in Medical Sciences from the Boston University School of Medicine as a pre-medical student. While applying to and interviewing at medical schools across the country, I felt that God was calling me to pastoral ministry rather than the medical field. Knowing I needed some serious training, I enrolled in M.Div. program at The Master’s Seminary in 2014.
While at TMS I served at Grace Community Church as an intern in the College Ministry, ministering to college students on the campus of USC. I also administrated the D.Min. program at the seminary.
What are you most passionate about when it comes to ministry?
I love seeing students grow and make progress in their pursuit of following Christ. This can be victory over a sin struggle, growing in their understanding and love for the bible, or seeing clear evidences of the Holy Spirit’s work in their life. I love that moment when believers realize that all the things the Bible tells them they have in Christ—salvation, freedom from sin, joy, contentment, etc.—are becoming realities in their life.
Tell us about your family.
I have been married to my amazing wife Natalie since September 2016. She’s way too good for me, and I thank God for her every day. We have one son, George V, and he is the coolest little dude I know. It’s a privilege to be his dad.
Briefly, describe how you came to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
My parents were faithful to take me to church and explain the gospel to me from an early age. Around the age of twelve I confessed Christ as Lord and put my faith in him for the forgiveness of my sins. I certainly had (and still have!) a lot of growth to do in my understanding of all Christ has done for me, but from that moment forward I have always believed the gospel.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you want to go and why?
I would love to travel through Italy. It’s a beautiful country that’s rich in culture, and as a Roman history buff, I could nerd out the entire trip. Also, I like Italian food.
What is your favorite sport or sports team?
Basketball. It’s the best (I know the question is subjective, but I think it’s an objective answer).
What is the best lesson you have learned from your parents?
I learned a lot about parenting from my parents. I’m still learning a lot about parenting from them! I’m so grateful for those lessons as I strive to raise my son in a biblical way.