“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” –James 1:2-4
Sometimes it is easier to use Scripture as beautiful artwork in our homes than it is to follow it. If you’re like me you can say that your life is like a journey full of trials – of various kinds. Sometimes we emerge from trials victorious as if we are untouchable, while other times we fail, leaving behind broken relationships, emotional trauma, and spiritual darkness.
The beauty of the Gospel is, regardless of our faithlessness, God remains faithful. I found this to be true at the age of 16 and continue to ascribe to His faithfulness through Jesus Christ to this day.
My wife and I have been happily married for 10 years now. This, in itself, is something I pride myself in. However, as we all know relationships have a way of presenting extremely difficult times. Ours came about with the birth of our twin boys: the first week of their life we couldn’t attach to them because we were certain they wouldn’t survive. Thank God they did, but the boy’s medical struggles and the subsequent stress on my wife and me truly tested our faith and our love for one another like never before. This life experience has increased my compassion for those who suffer and my passion for building strong families from every family member’s perspective.
My background includes working with youth and their families in a local church setting, foster children with severe behavioral issues, and couples in both therapeutic and ministry settings. I have 9 years of experience ministering to adults, children, and their families, and 5 years providing therapeutic services to children and their families.
Through my therapeutic experience I have helped foster children with extraordinary behavioral problems, requiring a higher level of care, reintegrate into society with great success. I was also able to work with the foster parents of these children, supporting them through the struggles associated with fostering children with behavioral problems, and teaching them how they can play a substantial role in their children’s overall wellness, including minimizing inappropriate behaviors and maximizing appropriate ones.
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
It is my aim to minister to those who are in distress, whether from anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, or otherwise painful life experience through scriptural truth integrated with evidence based therapeutic services, including changing harmful patterns of thinking, identifying multigenerational patterns, increasing positive familial interactions and decreasing negative interactions, teaching couples to communicate on a deeper, healthy level, and assisting couples in rediscovering their affections for one another.
Personal Life and Interests
I LOVE just about anything outdoors, my favorite activity being rock climbing. I love mountain biking (downhill or trails), skiing, water skiing, swimming, and joining any mildly competitive sport people would let me join with them. I’m a huge UFC fan and would love to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu one day. Wrestling with my 3 year-old twins might be my favorite indoor activity. I also love to study Scripture, theology, church fathers, puritans, and anything else that can directly inform me of the treasures of the Gospel. Writing about and preaching through Scripture are some of the most rewarding experiences I receive from my biblical studies as they allow me to digest, as fully as I’m capable, whatever text I am studying while allowing me to share them with others.