What events or factors have shaped you and led you into ministry?
From the time God saved me, and even prior to that, I was involved in the church. I started volunteering when I was in Elementary school. (Every week, I would ride my bike over to the church, and duplicate cassette tapes of the sermons.) God instilled in me a love for the local church from a young age - a love that was tested through adversity.
I attended college at the Moody Bible Institute where I studied Bible and Theology. Shortly after graduation, I returned to Michigan and served as a Youth Pastor for six years. I resigned that position to enroll in Seminary, and I got my seminary degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. I graduated in 1995, and I've been at Colonial since then.
I became Colonial's first Children's Pastor in 1995, and several years ago, I assumed my current role as Pastor of Family Ministries.