My childhood was spent moving around the world, following my father, a Navy pilot who served during the Vietnam War. Ours was not a religious family, nor a particularly happy home, and I grew up without hearing about Jesus. When I turned 17, I was eager to leave home, so I followed in the footsteps of my father and enlisted in the Navy, becoming a SeaBee, a member of the Navy’s combat construction forces.
The U.S. military I encountered as a teenager in the early 1980s was an environment where we worked hard and partied even harder. I quickly adopted the lifestyle of heavy drinking and drug use in my pursuit of happiness. In spite of a nagging emptiness inside, I continued on this path until the day a drug test I had taken came back positive and I found myself in deep trouble. Looking for help, I met with a Chaplain and confessed my emptiness and guilt. He shared the goodness of the gospel with me, explaining that Jesus’ sacrifice made it possible for me to receive forgiveness and grace. I gave my life to the Lord that day at the Port Hueneme Naval base in California.
Amazingly, the Navy did not discharge me, and my next deployment was to Rota, Spain, where I received my first introduction to a Cadence International hospitality house. I was welcomed warmly and several of the mature believers attending the ministry took me under their wing and discipled me. I grew like a weed during those eight months, giving me a firm foundation in my faith that I still lean on to this day.
Upon separating from the Navy, I returned to Rota, Spain, this time as a volunteer with Cadence. I grew up into a man of God as I was invested in by Cadence missionaries who lovingly shared with me “not only the gospel of God but their very lives as well.” (I Thessalonians 2:8)
This began a rich ministry with Cadence, one that has lasted 30 years and has taken my family and me across the globe, living in England, Germany, and Thailand. I am currently serving as Vice President for Field Ministries at the Headquarters office in Denver.