Where were you born?
San Diego, CA
When and how did you come to know Jesus Christ?
I was raised in a church-going, Christian family and my father was the senior pastor of a Baptist church in Boise, Idaho where I grew up. Being a pastor’s kid I received a lot of attention and dealt with several expectations from people who thought that I should be a ‘saint’ by default. I resisted these pressures by hiding the fact that I was a Christian and acting out in school. When I was twelve, I had my first personal encounter with Jesus at summer camp and made a commitment to live for Him-I had gone up to camp looking forward to chasing girls and playing pranks for a week and came back transformed-I was baptized later that summer. I really began to respond to God’s call on my life in 1996 when I was 18 years old and felt compelled to enter into a full-time discipleship program being offered at my church. Those two years were a time of being saturated in God’s word and prayer, serving in the church and community, and beginning to discover and dream about my God-given purpose. This was a time of great personal development and laid a spiritual foundation in my life that has served as a plumb line ever since.
Describe your personal journey that led you to ordination. Include education, training, mentoring, service, and giftedness.
I moved to Lake Elsinore in 2007 and began attending Lamb’s Fellowship soon after. I was in the midst of a family crisis and was seeking a place where I could find comfort and restoration. I found that and much more… at Lamb’s Fellowship, I was warmly embraced and began to truly heal. I soon found myself called out to serve in a variety of areas and just kept saying “yes” to every opportunity! Celebrate Recovery became my primary area of ministry service for about 7 years and there were countless on-the-job lessons to be learned. Along the process, I’ve often felt ill equipped and unqualified to lead but I can see how God used the brokenness in my life to re-direct my path and equip me for His purpose. I’ll never forget the day my pastor encouraged me to pursue God’s call by pointing me to Romans 11:29 “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” This mentoring relationship with my pastor has been life-giving and helped to keep me focused as I completed the various classes and other ordination requirements. Ultimately, ministry has been the natural outgrowth of the process of healing and growth in the discipleship journey that I’ve been on for the past several years. I consider it an honor to serve in The Free Methodist Church.
Describe how you intend to fulfill your ordination vows.
The last few years have been very clarifying as I’ve felt God calling me to plant a church in Lake Elsinore. The Dream Center of Lake Elsinore is all about bringing God’s redemptive love to a broken community. We began in 2013 by prayer walking and then adopting blocks in an effort to begin addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in our city. We officially launched our Adopt-A-Block ministry with a Harvest Party last October. This day was a huge success and we’ve been experiencing great continued momentum since then. God has given us a big vision for The Dream Center as a new Church Plant of the FMCSC and we’re excited to see this vision take shape! A couple of our big goals this year include expanding Adopt-A-Block into new neighborhoods, securing a physical location to serve as our headquarters in the downtown area, advancing our capital campaign to acquire and renovate the Ambassador Hotel, and launching a weekly celebration service for the entire community to be able to come together to worship and share testimony!