I am a follower of Christ as well as a husband, father, pastor and spiritual director. I’m married to the coolest woman in the world. We have four kids who are rapidly growing up and moving on to start new adventures of their own. We live in Anthem, Arizona.
I am the “Director of Regional Ministries” for a global missions organization called KidZ at Heart. Way more than a job, it’s a calling! In fact, it’s the culmination of over 25 years of pastoral ministry in the local church and beyond. Here’s the story:
I met Rebekah the first day of my sophomore year of college in Manhattan, Kansas. She was a transfer student to our school and asked me for directions to the dorm. It was definitely love at first sight for me. She, on the other hand, needed some persuading. I finally won her over and we were married in March of 1993.
We finished our studies and graduated from Manhattan Christian College in 1994. My degree was in Bible & Church Music. Rebekah’s degree was in Bible & Family Ministries. We have served together ever since on church staffs and in para-church ministries in Colorado, Arizona, and Indiana.
Our combined years of ministry and life-experience have given us a deeper appreciation of the depths of God’s love and grace. Because of our own experiences of deep loss, heartache, betrayal, loneliness, doubt and uncertainty, we are now able to be sit with others in the messiness of life. You could say we both know what it means to be broken as well as restored. We feel called to help others experience God’s restoration, too. That’s why we started a ministry called “Restore Soul Care” in 2017.
But I’m getting a little ahead of myself…
After Rebekah and I took a trip to Haiti in 2012 with an organization called “Soles for Souls,” I knew God was inviting me into new directions of ministry. So I eagerly set out on a new path of continuing education and experience. In 2015, I completed my Masters of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Then, in 2018, I completed a two-year certificate program in Spiritual Direction through Sustainable Faith.
We are blessed to serve in ministry (like “KidZ at Heart”) that tends to people’s inner-life. In fact, “Listen Softer” is my attempt at recognizing the process of deep transformation that happens as we cease striving and let God do the heavy lifting. That doesn’t happen in the noise and chaos of our own efforts. It happens in the pause, in the quiet, in the “selah.”
As we develop listening souls and respond to the voice of God, we become a people overflowing with God’s love for the world – a people who care for the broken and defeated, a people who bring peace to the restless and fearful, a people who share the good news of Jesus in hard places, a people filled with hope and formed into the image of Christ. As children chosen and dearly loved by God, this is the rhythm of our lives:
Find rest in this sacred space, my friend!