a little bit about me

A Life-long Journey of Discovery

 My entire family of origin came to faith when my dad battled and died from cancer in 1978. I was 16 when that happened and since that time I have had the enormous gift of mature men who have walked with and equipped me over the years. Most importantly about me, following Jesus is the only hope I have of living this life with purpose, energy and expectation. I hope to end my days on earth still meeting young men for coffee who have no interest in God, cheering on my family, making sad people smile and lonely people laugh, pointing wayward men back to their families, teaching the whole counsel of God, and pursuing the best version of myself, which is always under construction.

I have been married to Sue since 1984 and have the family most people only dream of, even though it is always a challenging and beautiful adventure. I have a BS in Biblical Studies and a Masters in Organizational Leadership (2019 grad as an old man - it’s never too late).

I am the Lead Pastor of Evergreen Christian Community in Olympia, Washington. We are a multi-site, inter-generational church obsessed with changing the world through more and better followers of Jesus. I've been a youth pastor, sports writer, sales consultant, air traffic controller, church planter, and lead pastor. 

I am flat out in love with Jesus and am intimately acquainted with pain, depravity, deep despair and profound joy.

Church Leadership – I have planted a church in Texas, led a 150-year old small church in Montana, revitalized a mid-sized church in Denver and now, since 2010, lead a large church and private school in Olympia, Washington. 

Organizational Structures – An outside perspective of your inside culture always leads to new insights. Helping you gain clarity on your organizational strengths, gaps, and growth opportunities is my strength. I can help you lead your church, ministry, or non-profit to go further faster.

Spiritual Care – Who you are is more important than what you do. Being precedes doing because the messenger is the message. I can help you discover what’s going on in your soul, choose your best path forward, and live your life with more focus and joy.

Men’s Events– There has never been a more critical time for men to grasp, harness and steward their masculine journey than today. I have spoken to men’s groups all over the world. White collar, blue collar, and military groups have all enjoyed connection and renewal at these events. 

Let’s Talk It Over

Our opening conversation will help you discern if and how I can help. I am  not looking for more gigs - I am looking for people and places where I can legitimately add the most value. Let’s talk and see if I am the right partner for your next steps.

Click the link below and I will contact you within 24 hours to set up a conversation and see if I can help.

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