I grew up in a "religious" home and as a family we were very involved in church activities. Unfortunately, I never heard a clear gospel presentation at that church. When I was 14, God brought a Bible study to our house that was evangelistic in purpose. The night of the first study, the gospel was clearly presented to me and I received a tract. That night in my bedroom, I reread the tract a few times and prayed to receive Christ as my Savior. I continued to attend the Bible study and within a few months it developed into a church. I became involved in the church youth group and as a group we were able to make a solid impact on the small public school we attended. Upon graduation I attended the Word of Life Bible Institute in Pottersville, NY. Upon graduation from WOLBI, I began working in children’s church which involved working with puppets. A puppet team came to our church and recruited my wife and I on to their team. After traveling with them for six to eight weeks, God led us to begin our own puppet ministry. We did the puppet ministry part time for about 12 years while I worked for my dad in a lumber mill. As near as I can figure, there were over 300 children who prayed to receive Christ as Savior during that time of ministry.
God was directing us to full time service for Him and after a brief time of resistance, I surrendered to serve Him in whatever capacity He wanted even if it meant leaving the family business. God directed us to Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). We attended Leadership Training Institute (now Childrens Ministries Institute) and began the Capital District chapter in New York State. Even as local directors, we continued the puppet ministry because of the need and the open doors. After a while, following God’s leading, we resigned as local directors to become state evangelists in the Empire State. As state evangelists, we also developed a teacher-training ministry and I was credentialed to teach CEF’s college level Teaching Children Effectively™ Level 1 Course.
During this time, we were asked to come on staff part time as Children’s Ministry Directors at a church in Rotterdam, NY. The Lord gave clear direction that this was His will, so we followed it. After about two years, we knew that both positions were demanding more and more of our time. We spent time in prayer, discussion as a family and in seeking out godly counsel on what to do. Again, God gave us clear direction and starting on January 1, 1998 we resigned from CEF and became full time workers of the church. In March of the same year, I was ordained and became the Assistant Pastor at the church with my main focus on the children’s and youth ministry.
In the fall of 2004, God again began to direct and made it clear that our time there was coming to a close. We weren’t sure why, but as we followed His leading, we came upon Cobleskill Wesleyan Church. It was a church that was growing and on fire for God, but needed help in the children’s ministry. We began helping and in a short period of time I became the Children’s Pastor. My responsibilities are to head up the Children’s Church program and teach the children the word of God.
My passion is to help others grow in their journey of following Jesus. To help carry out that passion, I’ve taught a number of children, teen, and adult Bible study classes, have done individual training, preach when I get the opportunity, and participated in a couple of accountability groups. In November of 2012 I was offered and accepted a discipleship position at the church. In that position, I oversee our Life Groups and help people find out and take their next step with Jesus.
My passion is to help others grow in their journey of following Jesus.