I was born and raised in Northern Illinois by wonderful, Christian parents who taught me the importance of ministry and family life. My mother was a teacher and my father was a hardworking immigrant who owned his own business before entering full-time ministry.
I came to know my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as a child and have attended Village Bible Church since I was in middle school. Although I had known the Lord since my childhood, my faith became central to my life during my freshman year in high school when our family experienced the tragic loss of my older brother, Chris, as the result of a car accident. Through the steadfast example of my parents’ walk with Christ and the faithful mentoring of my youth pastor, my relationship with Jesus matured and became my own. A few years later, I met the love of my life, Amanda, and we have been married since 1997. Together we have 3 terrific sons—Noah, Joshua and Luke.
Since 1995 I have had the privilege to serve as General Manager of 5-B's Catering Service a business my parents started in 1979. This time has enabled me to serve Christ in so many ways by being a light to my employees and customers. My bi-vocational work also allows me to be an example to the rest of the church that ministry doesn't just happen when we are pastors but through every Christian using their vocation to glorify God.
In 2003, I began to transition from an active lay leader to an interim preacher at Village. Then in early 2004, I took on the role of Lead Pastor across all VBC campuses. I also enjoy helping to lead our church staff, writing small group material and leadership training as well as dreaming about what God may have next for us as a church.
Village Bible Church has helped me grow into the person I am today and I consider this church my family. It is my desire to honor Christ with the role I have been given and I look forward to seeing what God has in store for Village.