Favorite Books-
The Divine Conspiracy, Making Room For Life, Transforming Grace

Favorite TV Shows-
Parenthood and Law & Order

For Fun I Enjoy-
Tennis, hanging with my family, and not doing yard work

What I Like Best About What I Do-
I get to be part of how God is at work in the lives of people

I was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. When I first began to understand what Christ had done for me, I knew that I was saved by grace, but somewhere along the way I began to think that it was up to me to get my act together. In college I began to understand that in Christ, God forgives not only the sin of my past, but also the sin of my present and my future. I began to see that although I was totally unrighteous, I was now clothed with the righteousness of Christ. I remember feeling a great sense of freedom when I first began to understand that my relationship with God was not based on me and what I had or had not done. But rather it was based on Christ and what he had done on my behalf.

I met my wife, Marmi, at William and Mary when she was a campus intern for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She captured my heart and encouraged me in some amazing ways. We got married in March of 1992, and I joined her on staff with InterVarsity at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Then in the summer of 1999, Marmi and I moved from North Carolina to Richmond to become the InterVarsity Area Directors in Eastern Virginia. We started coming to Hope Church shortly after moving to Richmond.

Although I was working for a para-church organization, I understood that the church is the primary agent that God uses to accomplish his purposes in the world. As I was serving as an elder at Hope Church from 2004 to 2007, I began to feel that God was calling me to be in pastoral ministry. I had been pursing a degree as a part-time student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary since 1993. In May 2007 finally graduated with a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies. Shortly after graduation, I began talking with Hope about the possibility of working here. In the spring of 2008, I joined the staff as the Pastor of Community and Spiritual Formation.

Marmi has been a wonderful partner in ministry for all the years we’ve been together. God has blessed us with three amazing sons- Xander (1996), Matthew (1998) and Ethan (2002). Life is always full and never dull. We wouldn’t want it any other way.