Serving at Southridge for almost four years was a great experience of growth as a leader and we developed friendships that we will always cherish. Under the Lead Pastor’s direction, I was able to grow as a communicator, manage multiple staff members, and develop the mission’s teams. By the Fall of 2018, however, I began to feel in my heart that God was calling me away from Southridge. In September, I began discussions with Pastor Troy. Following a busy ministry season for the church, we both entered 21 days of prayer in January hoping for clarity. During this focused prayer, God nudged me to “step out of the boat and trust Him with the next steps.” As a result, we stepped out of Southridge in March, excited for whatever God would send us fueled by two scriptural promises heavy on my heart – the “infinitely more than we might ask or think” of Ephesians 3:20 and the “even greater things” that Jesus promised to do through us in John 14:12.
The greater things God has in store is not just through me – but also through the great family God has given me. God has blessed me with an amazing wife in Candace, and I would not have made it this far in ministry without her. We have enjoyed 21 years of marriage together. She grew up in a small Nebraska town and was raised in an amazing Christian family. Candace is always looking out for the disconnected and loves serving in the local church. During the day, Candace is a gifted mental health therapist who assists countless people through Online therapy. She is also a Multi-Systemic Therapy Director with a private therapy company. As talented as she is as a therapist, Candace is an even better mother to our two kids Jackson (15) and Haven (9). Jackson is a talented drummer, a great friend, and an example to his classmates. And Haven is full of life and leadership. We consistently pray that God will shine the light of Christ through both of our children.
God has used this extended season of waiting to grow the faith of our family and give us much needed rest. Additionally, I have used this season to complete almost half of my Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University and begin utilizing my gift of writing through published articles in Influence Magazine. Though these new streams of influence are exciting, nothing compares to the thrill of serving the local church. We are elated to join the team at Riverside and believe the best is yet to come!