I was born in Toronto, Canada in the last year that the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup. By the grace of God, I was raised in an evangelical Christian home, called by God to repentance from sin and to faith in Christ at a young age. However, I spent much of my late teens and early twenties in growing disillusionment with the evangelical church’s increasingly man-centered ministry, its failure to live the Word of God, and its celebration of cheap grace – a trend that often reduced the visible church to a secular institution or social club that was more about its members than its professed Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. While in professional school, it was the glory of Christ as revealed in His Sermon on the Mount that rekindled a mature desire to serve Christ and to grow in His Word.
In 1994 I moved to Los Angeles and spent the next twelve years working in the health care industry. In 2000-2001 I began attending Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. Since that time I have had the blessing and privilege of being shepherded by godly leadership, of serving the local body of Christ in a variety of areas, and of having my love for Christ and His Bride tested, refined, and rekindled.
In 2004, I began the Master’s of Arts and Biblical Counseling graduate program at The Master’s College. My training under Dr. Wayne Mack and Dr. John Street had a significant impact on my life, stirring my conviction and commitment to the authority, inerrancy, and sufficiency of God’s Word, not merely with regard to church matters but for every aspect of life. In 2006 I transferred to The Master’s Seminary where, over the next several years, I completed the MDiv and ThM programs and the Grace Advance Academy. The purpose of these pursuits was to be equipped with the Word of God and to be mentored and trained by godly leaders for the purpose of serving Christ in the local church. Through this season three simple commitments were refined: Christ alone in all things; the Gospel, the power of God for salvation for all who believe; Live the Word in all things.
In 2010, the Lord blessed me with the gift of a godly wife, Julie, who also has a great love for Christ and the local church. Since then the Lord has blessed Julie and I with two sons, Athan Jeremiah and Joshua Cephas. Compelled by a love for God and for His people, our (Julie and I) heart’s desire is to worship and serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in humble submission to the entirety of His will and Word, by His grace alone, for His glory alone, in every aspect of our lives. To this end, it is our prayerful desire to love and serve the local church, to evangelize the lost, to proclaim Christ to all men, to make disciples, to equip the saints, to help plant churches, and to present every man complete in Christ by His grace and for His glory. For the privilege to do so , we are forever indebted to the amazing grace of God in Christ.
Men whose ministries God has used to encourage my pilgrim’s progress include John MacArthur, Sinclair Ferguson, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, D. Martyl Lloyd-Jones, Wayne Mack, Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, and John Calvin.