Tell us a little about your family and ministry background…
I was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, graduated from Zion Bible Institute in E. Providence, RI (now Northpoint Bible College) and Northwest College in Kirkland, WA. In 1987 I proposed to Joani while the sun was setting, overlooking the San Juan Islands in WA State. She said yes, and for the past 29 years we’ve served together as youth pastors for 6 ½ years in Sedro Woolley, WA, Lead Pastor’s at Harvest Church in Las Vegas for 17 years, followed by 6 ½ years on the pastoral team at Life Church 7 in Richland, WA. We have two sons Ty and Joshua, and are one of three families in the San Diego area that are Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fans!
What do you like most about being a pastor at Bonita Valley?
In the short time we’ve been here, I’d have to say the friendliness of the people and the variety of nationalities. Family and culture are part of the DNA of the San Diego area, and BVCC is a beautiful reflection of that. We’ve met some amazing people and look forward to tasting some amazing kinds of food as well.
Other than the Bible, what are your favorite books or authors?
Authors: Anythjng by… Andy Stanley, John Maxwell, Jack Hayford, Wayne Cordeiro, Larry Libby, Scott Hagan, Dan Reiland, and J.Oswald Sanders
Books: True-Faced: Thrall/McNichol/Lynch, Amplified Leadership: Dan Reiland, Sun Stand Still: Steven Furtick, Fervent: Priscilla Shirer, Spiritual Leadership: J. Oswald Sanders, Leading on Empty: Wayne Cordeiro, Communicating for a Change: Andy Stanley, and the Mutiny on the Bounty Series.
What is your favorite movie?
I want to say Napolean Dynamite, but would have to say Gladiator, Brave Heart, Band of Brothers. Any movie with courage and valor.
What music do you enjoy most?
On the worship side: Bethel Church, Hillsong both new and old school. For the rest…Andrea Bocelli is amazing, some country, along with some classics from the 70’s and 80’s.
What do you enjoy doing most on your day off?
Exploring the San Diego area, followed by the hope of one day reacquainting myself to my golf clubs.