I was raised in a very good and loving Catholic family. I went to Catholic school for all but one year (K-12). Up until 30 years of age, I believed I was going to Heaven because I was comparatively a good person. I wasn’t a murderer, rapist, bank robber, drug dealer or committing any of the other “big” sins.
On April 23rd 1993 I was unemployed, married with 3 very young children and like any unemployed father of 3 small children, I was home watching Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”. In the scene where Belle was singing “There must be more to this provincial life”, I agreed wholeheartedly with her. As I thought on that, I sensed a still small voice saying “There is, it’s about God”.
As I pondered that thought, I knew through my 18 years of church and Catholic school that Jesus had died on a cross for me. At that time I didn’t know a lot, but I knew that life was bigger than me, so I committed my life to Him and began my journey with Jesus. As I started my journey, I discovered that my comparatively good works were not getting me into Heaven because God’s standard is perfection (Matthew 5:48). I also discovered that it was and is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus that we get to Heaven. I didn’t earn it. It was a gift of God, not by works so no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
I’m not entirely sure why I thought that good works would get me into Heaven. But, two questions along with the previously mentioned Bible verse shattered that myth:
- If I could get to Heaven by good deeds then where is the line? How many good deeds do I need?
- If I could get to Heaven by my good works then why did Jesus come and die on the cross?
My wife and I started to attend church and as I sat there week after week I became frustrated because I wasn’t learning fast enough. I discovered that there was a lot that I didn’t know, and I knew I couldn’t live for someone I didn’t know. So I enrolled in online Bible School and began an eight-year journey discovering what an awesome God we have. I did not set out to get a Bachelor’s degree, but after 8 years I graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University.
I have been blessed beyond measure; my journey with Jesus has been far greater than anything I could have come up with on my own. I have been allowed by God to serve Him in many different ways over the past 20 years: working with at-risk teens, youth pastor, Bible teacher, Athletic Director, basketball and soccer coach, Interim Pastor, and Associate Pastor.
God has blessed me with a wonderful wife (1988) and a beautiful family (5 children and 3 grandchildren). My wife and I are empty nesters who enjoy watching our children and grandchildren become all that God created them to become.
It has been a privilege living for Jesus since 1993 and serving Him in a variety of evangelistic and discipleship ministries since 1995 (click here to view ministry experience). In 2017 I continued this journey by starting Reach (Evangelism and Discipleship Training Ministry).
In 2018 I partnered with as a certified trainer and look forward to how God will use Reach and to train followers of Jesus on how to fulfill His “Great Commission” to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).
If you would like to talk to me about reaching your community with the Gospel through a Reach Initiative please contact me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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