God wasn’t always the greatest passion in my life.
I am a man who discovered in my later twenties that God was calling me to be a man of God. Since then, I have continually challenged both myself and others around me to go deeper with God. To never put God in a box but allow Him to blow open all of the walls we place around Him.
When I was five, my parents believed in Jesus as their Savior and I became pretty familiar with churches. However, the older I got the less passion I had for God. Once I graduated from high school and had a say in the matter; I drifted away from the church. When asked – I would tell people that I thought there probably was a God but that God obviously was not interested in me.
This season of my life became directionless.
It was a long story, but this season was troubled with failed relationships, new addictions and a self-centered hopelessness that I couldn’t seem to escape. But, it was during this time that I found himself agreeing to go to a church service with my parents again for the first time in about seven years.
At New Life, I discovered a sense of family and acceptance that challenged my preconceived notions about Christians. Curious, I started coming back on somewhat of a regular basis.
Then, in the fall of 2002, I had my first real encounter with a living God who truly was interested in me!
From that day on I have never been the same. I hit the ground running, filled with passion, chasing after the One I realized I had been searching for my whole life.
My pursuit of God brought me face to face with my calling to mentor and disciple men and women. God used this desire in my life to start a young adults ministry in our church that focused on intentionally going deeper with God.
During this time I met and eventually married my wife Angeline. After 5 to 6 of leading this ministry, God called us to step out in faith and begin training to be in full time ministry. Afterwards, we returned to New Life here in Geneva, Ohio and I joined the staff as Assistant Pastor in August of 2011.
What a blessing it is to be part of the ministry here at New Life as we see God working through us and others to impact and change people’s lives. It is such a privilege to see God take those who feel lost and disconnected from God and allow them to join us to become part of a family of believers.
Regardless of someone’s background, Jesus accepts them and is willing to make them part of our family.
It has been an amazing journey so far and God has been showing me the true meaning of one of my life verses:
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think according to His power that works within us.”
Ephesians 3:20 [NASB]
My wife, Pastor Angeline, discovered Jesus as her personal Savior at a very young age.
Her quest to know and serve Him with all of her heart has led her on an exciting and crazy journey full of passion that continues on to this day.
For the first three years right out of high school Angeline had the opportunity to serve in a full-time drama and music ministry that toured all over the US. During this time she discovered what it really means to live by faith and to pray in all of her needs. It was a great time of maturing for her.
After this she came home to study nursing and worked in a local hospital until God fulfilled one of the greatest desires of her heart. To go overseas and be an ambassador for Him. She spent the next two years living in Nepal where she primarily worked with at-risk women and children and also one of the local churches. Right before this overseas adventure began, God brought me, who is now her husband, into her life as a good friend.
This relationship would turn into life commitments to each other. At the end of her 2 years overseas she came home and married her best friend. Since that time, Angeline has been fulfilling her calling alongside her husband mentoring and discipling people in what they both know best: to seek God as the greatest passion of our lives.
Life has not always been easy and even though it has been challenging it has been filled with joy, adventure, fulfillment and love. But that is to be expected when one chooses a life of sold out servanthood to God!