I hate writing my bio. Nevertheless, here we are. The truth is, I don’t find myself all that interesting.
I’m a simple guy living a complex life. First and foremost, I’m a hard-core disciple of Jesus Christ. Then, I’m a husband, father, and grandpa. After that, it’s a pretty long list. Preacher, podcaster, writer, and all around media guy.
I wasn’t raised in the church. In fact, I was openly playing for the other guy’s team. I held to some very occult beliefs ending with Luciferianism. As to the rest, let’s suffice it to say I was a rotten, no-good sinner and leave it at that for now.
I came to Christ while serving in the Navy in the most unlikely of places, an Amway convention. In the long run, Jesus is the only thing of value I gained from my time spent in the organization. Ever since that fateful day, my life has not been the same. It’s been better.
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of serving the Lord in ministry in a variety of capacities including be a part of some tremendous moves of God. Most of the time, I’ve been focused on inner city ministry including serving as Teaching and Administrative Pastor for Peoria Outreach Center, an outreach to the poor and homeless with a range of ministries.
I’ve been podcasting since June of 2008. Jesus’ Outsider is my third program after canceling my last show. After teaching the Word online for two and a half years on Foundations, I tried my hand at political commentary in a way that honors God. It never found an audience. For more, read the last couple of blog posts explaining the cancellation.
No matter where I’ve been, I’ve always been the outsider. Even before coming to Christ, I was always outside. Granted, I would have been considered a socially acceptable outcast, one that was allowed to be a part of the group but not really one of them. It’s given me a unique perspective on the Church and our place in the world. There are some advantages to being an outsider so long as we belong to Christ.
I also know I’m not the only Outsider out there. The Lord has lead me to seek them out and share Jesus. Along the way, I hope to take some insiders and give them the spark to seek out the unlovable, unchurched and dechurched to see their lives transformed by Jesus.
We are now in the process of planting a new church, Freedom Church, in the Peoria, IL area. We’ve been called to reach out to other outsiders, outcasts, and anyone who doesn’t feel at home in most congregations or even most of society. Visit the church homepage for more details on the mission or to support us in this work.