I was born and raised in a small town in far upstate New York, because my parents and grandparents were trying to get a fledgling church up and running. Though I was at church 3 times a week for the first 20 years of my life, my relationship with God didn’t really start to mature or become personal until college.
After attending community college for two years, I transferred to Abilene Christian University in west Texas, where I met a group of guys in a fraternity there who unashamedly loved Jesus and each other, and it was this context that I was really challenged about what and why I believed what I did about God. I also met Amy, who would later become my wife.
I had been baptized at the age of 13, but it wasn’t until college that I really took the time to study the Bible for myself. This was something that Amy and I did together, and it stretched me and challenged me in ways that had never happened to me before. I had been a life-long church attender, but it was then that I became a Christ-follower.
I completed a masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University and began my private practice when we moved back to Texas in 2005, having no plans to enter full-time ministry. However, as sometimes happens when you TELL God you won’t do something, you quickly find yourself doing precisely that thing. The fact is that I had been running away from ministry for the previous decade, but the call became clear and obvious to me, Amy, my family, and those with whom I worked. I spent the next 3 years being mentored as a pastor, but God wasn’t done stretching me/us, as He then called us to move to Denver. This call came before I had a job, but we knew where God was pointing, so we packed our stuff and our family into a U-Haul in late October 2012, and left Texas.
In January 2013, I started a job with Church at the Ranch in Highlands Ranch, CO where I did further pastoral training in preparation to be a church planter. Amy and I, along with our family and one other family, started our first Missional Community that would later become Fringe Church in November 2014, and we moved to Lakewood in April 2015.
Our hope is that Fringe Church becomes a place that reaches men and women on the fringes of faith and also on the fringes of society, and that those people find Christ, in his fullness, and a community striving to follow him. Our desire is that this body of people then go out and share the Gospel with others by how they live and how they love, being a part of God’s unstoppable Kingdom.