What I do: I am the latest installment in the Teaching Associate Pastor role here at Northview. Therefore, I will be doing whatever Jeff, Kyle, Ezra and Steve tell me. Teach a class? You bet. Preach? You know it. Extra large double-double? My specialty.
Family: Only by God’s providence did I end up with the greatest gal on the planet, when I married Carla (nee Unger) in July of 1997. Jackpot! Then He blessed us with four amazing kids, Isabelle, Mary-Kate, Amelia and Tobias.
Education: After graduating from MEI in 1994, I just plain ol’ worked for awhile before enrolling at BCIT and graduating with a Diploma in Technical Studies (Telecommunications) in 2001. Then after 11 years working in telecom, we made the leap to seminary and I graduated in May 2015 with a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando.
How I came to Northview: Before going to seminary, I heard about Northview’s Teaching Associate program and put that on the back burner as I studied. Then as graduation approached, I applied for the position and after a long, arduous interview process where I was incessantly heckled by Jeff, by the grace of God, I was hired! And they’ve already asked me when my last day will be…so, yeah.
My favourite things: Dating Carla (yes, still happening), hanging with the fab four, theme parks and beaches with the family, 4 Rivers Smokehouse (no other BBQ joint compares), Chick-Fil-A (it’s in Seattle now, whoop-whoop!), sweet-tea, watching good football (NFL or CFL).
Authors: John Frame, Tim Keller, Jim Gaffigan.
Sports team: This is tough because through the loss of franchises (Grizzlies, Sonics) and mismanagement (Raiders, Cowboys) I struggle to say I love many teams. BUT the BC Lions of the humble CFL will always hold a place in my heart.
Scripture: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
(Horatio Spafford, It Is Well With My Soul)