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What was an important Jesus moment in your life?

I remember when my oldest daughter Elise, now 11, began singing songs around the house. And they weren’t just any songs. They were songs I lead at church. Sure, she knows some of the songs that are popular, but she sang songs to Jesus instead. Jesus was alive in her, and I heard him through here voice. It was a humbling experience.

What is the best vacation place to which you’ve ever been?

We don’t take too many vacations, but I must say that our honeymoon to Hawaii has to rank up there. From the warm, moist air, to the trips out to the beach, it was simply a magical time.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

The Art of Seeing the Big Picture   Sometimes we think our life is “x”, but it’s really “y”. We need to step back and look at God’s picture from a distance. If we are too close to the details, we miss the grand design. And sometimes we need to step back in order to see God’s hand at work.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

It’s a no brainer. I would choose to be able to go back or forward in time. Who wouldn’t love to see the dinosaurs, Jesus, or flying cars in action!?

Why do you believe in God?

God has the keys to our questions. He is here when we need him now and he is there when we pass on. We rest in his hands. While that is a mystery, I believe it and take comfort in it. And when it is all said and done, God shows us his love. And I know that loving people is what He calls us to. Because of that truth, I believe in God.

What do you like best about working for Jesus and his people?

People need to be loved where they are at. I know I need that too! I have a story and a journey, as do we all! And I’ve made so many unfortunate choices in my life... choices that have impacted my marriage and challenged my faith. But here I am. Why? Because of grace. Let’s face it, grace is simply undeserved. We know this, but we must accept this. I know I have a hard time accepting Jesus’s gift of grace, but that’s what we are called to do. We are called to love Jesus and his people and that is the greatest endeavor.