Describe what you do at Grace
My primary responsibilities involve getting people integrated into the church community and shepherding folks into discipleship relationships. I also help lead the Fair Oaks Villiage Community Group.
What experience, education, and/or work background do you bring with you to Grace?
I have over a decade of civil service experience in the California State Government. Most of those years were spent in public policy (Medi-Cal, Dept. of Public Health, and Dept. of Social Services), but in 2018, I heeded the call to the Military Chaplaincy and have served as an Army chaplain candidate in the National Guard ever since.
I'm finishing up my M.Div. and expect to graduate in August 2022. I'm also exploring a Ph.D. program (emphasis in Biblical Counseling) and could begin my studies as early as Fall 2022. I currently hold a Master of Public Administration and a B.A. in Political Science.
What are you most passionate about when it comes to ministry?
Mmmm. Seeing sinners reconciled to God through faith in Christ and then seeing those saints on fire for the Lord!
Tell us about your family.
My lovely bride Ramona and I have been together since 2002 and the Lord has blessed us with 3 lovely children: Jeremiah, Azaiah, and Moriah. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of another little boy!
Briefly, describe how you came to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
In 2014, the transformative power of the Word worked in me as I was studying through the Old Testament book of Leviticus. While researching the purpose of the sacrificial system given to Israel, I was confronted with the truth concerning the sacrifice of Jesus and His accomplished work on the cross. For the first time, I realized my great sin before a holy God and was burdened with a great need to know why and how Jesus' sacrifice on the cross paid my sin debt. In pursuit of answering those questions, the Lord called me to Himself and to pastoral ministry!
Among your friends and family, what are you famous for?
I'm known for being super loud and goofy with a deep-seated love for eggnog!