We're thankful for our awesome staff team members who are serving in ministry at Highlands! Staff Profiles is an opportunity for you to get to know each of them a bit better, and maybe even learn something about them you didn't know.  

Tell us a bit about your background in a paragraph:

My wife and I came to HIghlands in the spring of 2019. Previously, I served in student ministries in Dayton, Ohio at Far Hills and Apex Community Church. I have my undergraduate in Communication Studies from Wright State University and my Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Tell us about your role on staff at Highlands:

I oversee the student ministries team, who minister to students from 7th grade all the way up to college-age. My greatest joy in ministry is seeing team members mobilized and empowered to do the work of ministry. Nothing is greater than seeing individuals with unique gifting be given a position and place on a team that helps students find and follow Jesus.

Share a verse or passage of scripture that has impacted your life:

Jeremiah 15:16, Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.

What is something you enjoy about living in the Seattle area?

Seattle is one of the most beautiful places in the entire US. My wife and I love hiking and paddle boarding at Lake Wilderness. We also love the variety of food available - Sushi Cafe, Naan-N-Curry, and Sisters and Brothers.

What is something you love to do outside of serving in ministry?

I have a garage gym in my home and greatly enjoy weight lifting or finding online deals to add to my gym. I also enjoy doing house projects or, more-so learning how to do them. When I'm winding down, I love to watch a great Netflix series with my wife, go on a long walk together with our dog, or paddle board alongside each other at our favorite lake.

Share a fun fact about yourself or something that most people don’t know about you:

I was born in Kent, Washington, and my parents attended and were baptized at Highlands in the late 1980s. We moved to Dayton, Ohio when I was young, but I attended Highlands as a toddler. (Fun fact: I didn't know this until my mom shared it with me after I was hired.) So you could say that I have returned home after being away for over two decades!