Pastor of Students - Cuyahoga Valley Church
M.A. Theological Studies - Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
I have been leading worship for over 20 years in various contexts. My style is musically eclectic - ranging from timeless hymns to modern worship. I highly value Christ-exalting lyrics and believe that what we sing to God and about God matters immensely in our worship venues. I also believe that the corporate worship experience is intended to be participatory and not focused primarily on the worship leader. I lead vocally from guitar, but also play multiple instruments and have significant experience leading and rehearsing worship bands of all skills levels. I have extensive experience with sound, lighting, and current worship presentation software.
My leadership style begins with ensuring that everyone on the team is utilizing their God-given gifts in their roles. I ask for high levels of commitment to the mission and performance that pursues excellence in every area. However, I am deeply passionate about that same level of commitment and performance in personal and family life. Therefore, I prefer to encourage my team to work effectively and efficiently in order that work is accomplished on time so that people can ensure time for rest and family.
Over the years I have been a part of a team that has led over 20 interns and 40 volunteers. I currently oversee both the CVCYouth ministry staff, interns, and volunteers while also serving as a part of our church leadership team.
Worship Arts Intern – Cuyahoga Valley Church
September 1, 2004
I started attending CVC in the Summer of 2004 and was playing in the worship band at the time. During my Senior year I was able to do an internship in the worship arts department as a part of completing my technical requirements for my undergraduate degree.
Graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University B.A. Theater
May 12, 2005
My plan for my life was to move to NYC and work on Broadway. During my Sophomore year I knew that this is not where I would end up, but I finished my degree and my training has helped in multiple areas of ministry including stage design, technical skills, and preaching.
Worship and Technical Director – CVCYouth
June 1, 2005
Following graduation I was hired at CVC to oversee all elements of technology, worship, and communication for the student ministry.
December 16, 2005
Linda and I had a very short engagement and were married in the winter of 2005.
Founded Ward 9 Minsitries
February 5, 2006
In early 2006 I recruited a group of young adults to lead worship for our high school ministry. This band, later named Ward 9, traveled throughout the Midwest leading worship at various events for over 10 years.
Started Frontlines Summer Camp
July 6, 2006
In the summer of 2006 I developed our summer camp program. Our first year we had 38 students, and now Frontlines is over a decade old and annually hosts over 170 students and 40 adults leaders.
Started our Family
March 19, 2007
After a year of trying to have children, Linda and I had the opportunity to take custody of a 3-month-old baby girl in 2007. Later that year, her little brother would join us as well. Grace and Logan were legally adopted into our family in 2010.
Licensed as a Pastor
May 20, 2008
I quickly began to venture outside of the worship arts into Bible study and preaching. CVC chose to license me as a pastor to affirm my call to gospel ministry.
Launched the Internship
May 17, 2010
In 2010, Rick Eimers and I launched the CVCYouth Internship. We partnered with Pilgrimage Educational Resources to provide recent Bible college grads with an experience to bridge the gap between college and full-time ministry. We have discipled over 20 students that are now serving the Lord and the Church in varying capacities all over the world.
Board of Directors – Skyview Ranch
September 12, 2012
In 2012 I was asked to join the board at Skyview Ranch, a Christian camp and retreat center. I served on this board until 2016 when I stepped down due to other responsibilities needing my attention.
Graduated – M.A. Theological Studies
May 19, 2015
In 2012 I began my work towards a M.A. from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with high honors in 2015.
Led First Global Trip
June 18, 2015
In 2015 I led my first group of students in serve a UPG in Southeast Asia – a trip I continue to take every two years.