I serve as the Pastor of Worship and Fine Arts of LIFE Fellowship and my primary responsibilities include: building teams, and planning, preparing, and presenting quality and genuine worship experiences. I grew up in Bolivia, NC with dreams of being a veterinarian or a lawyer. I loved James Herriot’s books and I loved to debate! So, both careers seemed to fit me very well! I had given no thought to how I was going to pay for my schooling. It was not until my senior year that I realized money was a necessary part of this equation and I needed a full scholarship! I sought advice from my high school counselor and the only full scholarship still available for application was a NC Teaching Fellows scholarship. I said, “But I don’t want to teach!” My counselor said, “Then you don’t want to go to college.” Aptly spoken words.
One of my favorite verses of Scripture is Proverbs 16:9. Though my vision for my life had been set in my mind, God’s plan for my life was different and established. In 1993, after applying for and receiving the NCTF scholarship, I was sent to Appalachian State University in Boone, NC for my studies. It was there, in those hills, that I would surrender my life to the LORD, that I would answer His call to serve His church, and that I would find my wife.
Recently, I’ve involved myself in establishing a non-profit performance arts organization known as Illumination. It is comprised of auditioned artists who wish to leverage the power of the arts to accomplish measurable good within their local community. I’ve also actively sought to involve myself in the arts scene of Charlotte by getting involved with various ensembles and performances within the metro area. Since 1996, I’ve been married to Vince, and together we are raising three boys; Ellis, Liam, and Oliver. My hobbies include: hiking, canoeing, kayaking, reading, fitness, and travel.