My wife, Julie, and I have been married for 35 years. We grew up in Gallup, New Mexico and have know each other for most of our lives. I was in the U.S. Air Force and started our married life in Grand Forks, North Dakota. After my military service, we moved to Arizona where I attended ASU and earned a business degree. We have three children, Eric, Corey and Emily. We were blessed to have Julie be a full-time mom and are now enjoying the empty-nest phase of life. Both Eric and Corey are ASU graduates, work in the valley and attend Redemption Gateway. Emily is a student at ASU and attends Redemption Tempe. Julie has returned to work as a bookkeeper at Gilbert Christian Schools and I am a Director of Supply Chain Management at Mayo Clinic and a Faculty Associate at ASU. I enjoy going on dates with my wife, traveling, going to the movies, and hiking.
When I was young, I attended a small church in New Mexico, knew the things of God and believed I knew God. In fact, when Julie and I were married, I believed I was a Christian based on the teachings of my childhood church. Julie was saved at a young age and she was a consistent role model of Christ, who faithfully walked beside me even as I became more selfish with my career. In 1995, God used a good friend to open my eyes to the fact that I was living a selfish life blinded by my sins. I repented and began a life of following Jesus.
We talk at Gateway about the Christian walk as “plodding.” This word resonates with me and as I reflect on my own slow, steady walk through the joyful times along with the trials and tribulations as a follower of Jesus Christ.
Redemption Gateway is a place where people do not need to put on a false front to fit in. It is a place where people can expose their brokenness and come alongside each other with love and compassion. I regularly see God using the members of our church to help celebrate the victories in life and provide comfort during times of trouble.
Julie and I have been part of Gateway since the beginning and we are excited to see new faces every Sunday as our church grows and we reach more people. Our new building will provide great new spaces that will allow us to minister to even more people. We are making an impact in our community and I look forward to seeing how God will continue to use us well into the future!