I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest as the middle of three brothers in a loving, Christian home. After high school I moved to Indiana to study mechanical engineering at Purdue University. There I met my wife Rachel, and after graduation we moved back to Washington. We have three great kids, Aidan, Isabella, and Owen, and a sweet golden retriever named Sophie.
What amazes you most about Jesus?
That he desires a close, personal relationship with each and every one of us and loves us so much that he chose to come to earth, live as a man, and die a sinner’s death, all so that we could be saved.
What is a Scripture that has had a major impact on your spiritual development and how has it formed you?
I have always loved how the book of Romans repeatedly describes not only our own hopelessness as sinners, but then immediately follows up those passages with a clear description of how we can be saved: through the free gift of God, by His grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. It is a wonderful reminder of God’s love for us and His plan for saving the lost. (Romans 3:23-24) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.(Romans 5:8) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.(Romans 6:23) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.(Romans 10:9-10) If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Besides the Bible, what book do you love to re-read and why?
I am an avid reader, and am always in the process of reading at least one book. I tend not to re-read many of them, but instead keep a running list of books that I’ve read and books that I would like to read. Lately I’ve been alternating between books on military history (which has always fascinated me) and classical fiction (because apparently I’m still trying to make my high school English teachers proud). Throw in a healthy dose of current non-fiction and the occasional easy-read thriller, and I don’t spend a lot of time watching TV.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
I would say that my favorite place in the world is anywhere where it is just Rachel and I together. Years ago for our 10th anniversary, we took a week long cruise while the kids stayed with Rachel’s parents. It was the first time we had left them for more than a day or two, and it was really eye-opening how different and enjoyable it was to spend uninterrupted time alone as a couple. Since then we’ve been fortunate enough to take a vacation without kids every year or two, generally to a resort on the beach somewhere in Mexico, which has definitely become our happy place.