I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve as the interim youth pastor at East Hills and The Grove. I grew up in Castle Rock in a house that my parents still live in to this day. We were always involved in church and I really felt like ministry as something God had for me when I was around 15 or 16. I was a student leader when I was in youth ministry, played on the worship team, and helped with video for youth throughout high school.
After high school I attended one quarter at Lower Columbia College and then joined the Navy. I met Nicole while I was stationed in San Diego and talked her into marrying me. We’ve been married for 13 years and have two kids. Annabelle is a sixth grader and Josiah is in the 2nd grade this year. We moved back up to Washington in 2007 when I got out of the Navy.
I was able to attend Multnomah University while I was working for the railroad and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership and Ministry. Nicole and I were active in our churches and serving with youth and worship.
Our theme for the Sunday nights at youth this year is Limitless. We are exploring the stories of a great God. Many of our talks will look at characters in the Bible and how God used them. The hope is to have the students see how big of a God we have a relationship with and show that God uses people who aren’t perfect, often using a person’s weakness to display His greatness.
We have middle schoolers and high schoolers and our main meeting is Sunday evenings from 6-8 PM. We play some games, worship, have a talk, and small group time. The leaders and I love the chance to build relationships with the students and partner with parents to impact the lives of students with the love of Christ.
I’m looking forward to seeing what God does in our group this year. We have a couple of weekend camps that we get to take students on. It is always great to see them worship and hear the Word in that atmosphere, where they can be away for a couple of days. Connecting with students in small group on Sundays is great. It give us as leaders a chance to hear their stories and walk with them on the journey as they process life and faith.
We would love it if you’d be praying for the youth ministry at East Hills and The Grove. We would love prayer for God to move, to have opportunities to build relationships with the students, for God’s leading and vision, and for us as leaders to show God’s love to a generation.