Describe what you do at Grace.
I am the Elder Chairman. My wife Sharon and I have been active in the youth ministry since 2012 (I teach the Jr. high and Sharon has lead a young ladies discipleship group for the last 4 years) and we teach in Grace Kids (4's and 5's) once a month.
What experience, education, and/or work background do you bring with you to Grace?
I have been a CPA for 30 years and I am currently working as a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) for a large construction company in Sacramento. I graduated with a B.S. degree in Business from Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo and I have a Masters in Tax from Golden Gate University.
What are you most passionate about when it comes to ministry?
I love sharing the joy of Christ with others. It started out as we taught Children and AWANA and now in the Junior High level. I love to hear the youth ask questions and seeking to truly know Christ. Sharing the gospel with these young people and discipling others is my passion.
Tell us about your family.
Sharon and I have been married for 26 years and we have 4 amazing children. Ryan has been married to Megan for 2 years and they live in El Dorado Hills. Ryan works for the state as a financial auditor and Megan is a school nurse. Kellie graduated from UC Irvine with a Business/HR degree and is active discipling young ladies in her church in Irvine. Ben will be a senior this year at the University of Utah, is active in Gospel Grace Church in Salt Lake City, and is hoping to go to medical school. Megan just graduated from Victory Christian High school and is planning on attending FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in San Francisco in the Fall.
Briefly, describe how you came to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
I grew up in a great family that was very active in the Catholic church. The Catholic church was very important to me through college and the first 3 year of our marraige. As Sharon and I got involved in studying the Bible through community bible studies and through my brother and college friends, we realized our focus was more on ourselves and not Christ. I enjoyed the traditions of the Catholic church, but I finally realized Christ has done it all. He died once for all my sins (Hebrews 10:10 and 1 Peter 3:18) and my only hope is in Christ. Proverbs 14:12 says, "There is a way which seems right to man, but its end is the way of death." My life seemed so right for my first 30 years, but I then realized God's remedy for my sin was the cross and Jesus Christ is the only answer. There was nothing I needed to do. My salvation was not based on my works, but putting my faith in Jesus Christ who died for my sins once for all. I acknowledged this belief and repented of my sins and I now for sure I will have eternal life with Christ. What a joy!
What is something someone would be surprised to know about you?
I am extremely competitive. I hate to lose whether it is in running my company's contruction business, on the basketball court, playing ping pong, golf, or board games.
Among your friends and family, what are you famous for?
My laugh. I love to have a good time and enjoy life! My co-workers and family can recognize my laugh from another room. I am glad it puts a smile on their face!
What is the best lesson you learned from your parents?
My parents always told me they love me. I never got tired of it, especially when I went to college and my Dad would send me hand written letters at least twice a week describing his daily activities and saying "I love you" at least 10 times in each letter. They were always there for me whether it was in the hospital when I had a surgery or on the baseball field. They were my biggest fans and I want to be my children's biggest fan and tell them "I love you."