I am the Executive Pastor of Rise City Church in Lakeside California, a suburb of San Diego. My wife Julie and I have been married 13 years and are originally from the Chicago area, until moving West to help launch Rise City 8 years ago. We have 4 children (Keira 12, Kellen 10, Karsyn 8, and Kamri 5) and recently added our dog Kooper to the mix.

I am a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary (MA Theological Studies) and most recently Northern Seminary (Dr. of Ministry in New Testament Context). Along with my current role in ministry, I have also served as both a youth and worship pastor, as well as an adjunct professor in the Bible department of San Diego Christian College. My hobbies include reading very nerdy books, wishing I had more time for hobbies while driving my kids somewhere, and occasionally shaking my fist at the sky while yelling, “why did we just buy a dog!”