Oftentimes when you hear about people coming to salvation, we tend to talk about it as if it were an event or something you chose. I think it’s true that we can choose God, but the greater reality of our salvation is that God chooses us. If you look at Exodus, the Old Testament story of salvation, it wasn’t the Israelites leading themselves out of Egypt. It was God saying, “You are my people, I will be your God and I am going to lift you out of slavery, sin and darkness, and bring you into life and light with Me.” When I look at my story of salvation, I find it to be quite the same. Born to a family who served Christ in all things, I struggled at times with feeling like I didn’t have another choice. In my insecurity, I realized that my decision to follow Christ was never a one-time event or paradigm shift, but more of a journey. I couldn’t tell you a moment, a day or an hour when Christ came into my life — I honestly can’t — but I know that Christ is alive and at work in my life and heart today.
I was born in the Philippines and lived there for 10 years as a missionary kid before moving to Thailand with my family for eight years. My parents still live and serve there as missionaries. The Lord worked in my heart from a young age, and by the time I was in high school I knew my life’s purpose was to serve Christ; to go into the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey His commands. I moved to the USA when I was 18 to attend Wheaton College, and I worked at Pine Cove Christian camps during the summers. I’ve had the privilege of working in a variety of different ministry environments including church settings, humanitarian relief, overseas missions, and youth camping. There is no greater joy than serving Christ, however, whenever, and wherever he calls.
I love to travel – I’ve been to 42 countries over the course of my life — and I’m a dual citizen, of the US and the Philippines. I love sports – all the sports — and being active. I love pretty much any game or competition out there. I’m a huge basketball fan and my all-time favorite team is the Oklahoma City Thunder. I’m a beach guy, raised in the islands, so as far as hobbies go, I love spearfishing, free diving and surfing.
I have a deep passion for student ministry, and seeing lives transformed by the word of God. I’m privileged to be working with our 5th and 6th graders, helping them learn and grow in their faith as they begin to flesh out what it means for them to love Jesus in these crucial stages of their lives. I’m excited for Christ Chapel as a church, and couldn’t be more honored to serve the body of Christ in this way.