ABOUT

I am not my own. I belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. I am a husband and a father. With my family, I live in a small town where I also worship and serve as pastor at Jerusalem Church, an independent Reformed church from the 1700s.

EDUCATION

Hinkletown Mennonite School (K-6); Garden Spot Middle School (7-8); Garden Spot High School (1997); Grove City College (2001; B.S. in Marketing); Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (2006; M. Div.)

CAREER

After graduating from Grove City College, I spent two years with Cintas Corporation. After graduating from RPTS, I served for over seven years at North Park Church in Wexford, PA as the Director of Student Ministry. In 2013, my family and I moved from Pittsburgh back to Lancaster County for the adventure of church revitalization. I am ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

DOCTRINAL CONVICTIONS

Doctrinal integrity and transparency are important to me. Creeds are both inevitable and necessary. Everyone has a creed, and I want to be forthright about mine (to better understand the inevitability and necessity of creeds, read these two helpful articles: HERE and HERE). As a Reformed pastor, my theological convictions are simple – the ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions. I encourage you to read the following beautiful and compelling works to strengthen your own doctrine in order to find deeper comfort and joy in Christ. The ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions are a treasure for the Church.

Apostles’ Creed; Nicene Creed; Athanasian Creed; Heidelberg Catechism; Belgic Confession; Canons of Dort; Westminster Confession of Faith; Westminster Larger Catechism; Westminster Shorter Catechism

INTERESTS

I enjoy time with my wife and kids, running, basketball, fly fishing, grilling, hip hop, reading, and many other marvelous gifts from my loving heavenly Father.

If you’re ever in Bar Harbor, ME, stop in at Thrive Juice Bar & Kitchen and enjoy a delicious wrap and smoothie. I make a similar smoothie almost every morning in our Vitamix blender.