How did the Lord save you?

I was not born into a Christian home. I was adopted as an infant and the only child of my parents in San Diego. My parents had both been raised as Roman Catholics, and in fact had me baptized (sprinkled) as an infant. My parents were invited to a Bible teaching church, and were amazed to see people bringing their Bibles and actually studying it. After several months of attending and talking to people, they realized that they were not Christians as they had thought, and so they accepted Christ.

My parents eagerly began to read the Bible to me at home daily and to take me to Sunday School. I soon understood, as they had, that I was a sinner, and that I needed to confess my sin to God and accept Jesus’ gift of salvation. I prayed with my parents to receive Christ when I was only about 5 years old, prior to entering kindergarten. I don’t know the exact date or time when I was actually saved. I cannot be sure that I was even really saved right at that point. But through a steady progression of coming to understand the Word of God, my own sinfulness, and need for a Savior, I believe that I was saved at an early age.

Rather than being saved “out of” a life of rejection of God, I believe God saved me “from” such a life by protecting me at an early age and surrounding me with Bible teaching and Christians throughout my life. Not that my life has always been without difficulty or sin by any means. It’s just that God has always surrounded me with His protection in so many ways. He has not allowed me to wander off too far, before calling me back to Himself. I am often reminded of the last verse of the song “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” because it so perfectly illustrates my Christian life. “Oh to grace, how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be. Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, oh take and seal it. Seal it for Thy courts above.”

What do you enjoy most about the ministry at Northwest Community Church?

I enjoy the way our people are eager to love and serve one another in so many different ways.

How long have you served here?

We have been a part of NCC since June 2013.

What is special about Northwest Community Church?

NCC is special because of the heart of service shown by so many of the people here. We are blessed to serve alongside to many faithful people.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in East County, San Diego, CA.

Are you married? How many children (and grandchildren) do you have?

Ruth and I were married in 1995. We are blessed with four children.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my family, studying, reading, golf, and pretty much anything in the outdoors:  camping, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, off-roading, etc.