I grew up the second of 4 brothers in a preacher’s house. Born in Washington, I have also lived in Oregon, Idaho, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia, and Montana. I am happily married to Nita, and we celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2017.Vocationally, I worked for newspapers for 7 years, Christian radio for 19 years and computer/internet tech support for 10 years.
I publicly confessed Jesus as my savior at age 8, and was baptized. In my early twenties, I found myself addicted to marijuana, and living a very worldly life. I still believed, but I was not walking with God. I went though out-patient treatment for addiction in 1983. A year later, with my head clearer, I knew I wanted to be closer to God. While watching a Petra Video, “Beat the System”, in a motel in Malta Montana, I felt God call me to Himself. 2 days later, I got on my knees and wept and repented and asked God to allow me to walk with Him. He immediately surrounded me with young believers who discipled and encouraged me.
My favorite verse is 2nd Peter 1:3, which says, “seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence”. This verse tells me that the better I know Jesus, by walking with him in relationship, the more I will realize access to everything I need for “life and godliness”. It’s all from Him as I walk with Him. That takes pressure off me to perform, and it tells me what I need to do…walk with Him.
As a music minister, I want us to be able to focus on God, Jesus, His Holy Spirit, and His powerful word, by creating a musical context in which we can proclaim God’s truths over our lives. People have real needs and hurts. Music is a powerful way to communicate truth. Praising and worshiping God will affect how we think, feel and act. It will also affect others around us and even the spiritual battles we face.
God has caused my relationship with Him to grow, mostly through stuff I didn’t want, or ask for. When I’m faced with something larger than I can handle, it makes me depend on him. When my wife’s dad lost his home to a fire, he came to live with us the next day. God is using that opportunity to help me see that people are more important to Him than anything else. I have to depend on God for wisdom and strength, and it’s a joy to serve others.
I feel most alive when I am musically active. Making music by myself, with a small group, a large crowd, singing or playing old hymns, current songs or making brand new songs. That’s really what makes me happiest.