Worshiping with others

SINCE1978

Yes, it's been a wild ride in worship world since picking up a guitar for the first time in 1978. 

(Two weeks later I was playing for the congregation the first song I had ever written - they suffered through it and I learned the awesome lesson that although I was young and inexperienced, I could still serve in the Church.) 


Here are a few personal snapshots from along the way...

  • Early, early days

    I grew up in Champaign, IL, and learned early that musical style was secondary to message. Our church exploded with college students and their contageous enthusiasm. We had a full orchestra, choir, organ, folk-rock band, and contemporary ensemble. Pretty cutting edge for the early '70's. They intentionally picked the music style best communicating that day's message. It clicked for me.


    I spent significant time on stage in addition to music, performing in theatre, mime, pyrotechnics, stage combat, dance, clowning, and worked as a stage manager and 35mm projectionist.


    As I grew serious about my future, I came to understand that whatever I did, I knew its ultimate purpose was sharing Jesus with others. Music made a good medium.

  • Education

    I have degrees, certifications, and studies in Music, Audio Recording, English, Education, Communications, Life Coaching, and Game Programming/Development. I studied at Taylor University, Parkland College, the University of Illinois, Rice University, Michigan State, and Morningstar School of Ministry. I am an ordained minister. While I love to learn, my favorite opportunities involve hands-on-training. Don't just tell me, let me do it, and I'll learn!

  • Worship & Work

    I have served in part-time, volunteer, and full-time worship positions in small, medium, and multi-site churches as a musician, technician, worship leader, and worship pastor since 1986. 


    In addition to serving in churches, I have worn a number of other occupational hats. I've been a high school teacher, and I ran an advertising agency. I've installed home security systems and traveled in bands. I enjoy writing. I've learned the desperation people can feel for worship on Sunday, and the importance of never allowing ourselves to offer them a mediocre opportunity. It's lifegiving!

  • Family

    My family is very close. When Anita and I married in 1986, we had no idea of all the adventures the Lord had in store for us! She continally amazes me, and I'm proud of her tenacity in earning her Masters from Liberty University to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. My daughter Kristin married Tabor in November 2013, and my son Jonathan married Katie in September 2016. Thankfully we're all musicians who love the Lord! We laugh a lot.

Beliefs & Ministry Philosophy

  • The Bible is my authoritative measuring stick. 
  • I want to share Jesus with everyone, not in a "to be one of His you must be one of us" way, but more like Jesus' approach: "Start where you are and follow me!" 
  • I look for fruit, an increase in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Transformation in these areas is a pretty good indicator that something special is going on.
  • True growth often comes as a by-product of sacrificial service. The most precious lessons in my life have come through bloody struggle, seldom of my own choosing.
  • The Holy Spirit is each believer's best teacher. Instead of my playing Holy Spirit Jr. by telling you how to grow, it's far more effective to follow the Spirit's lead and work there.