When I was 16-years-old, I went on a trip with my church to work with some of the local youth in Tierra Santa, Mexico. While there, we gathered in the local pastor's house for a meeting. The worship leader pulled out a guitar and we all worshipped God through song. I had seen people lead worship before, but for whatever reason seeing everyone there lift up their voices with nothing more than a guitar leading them moved me. I knew that I wanted to do that too, so I asked for a guitar for my next birthday.
While attending California State University, San Bernardino to receive my B.A. in history I led worship for the high school and college ministries at my church in Rancho Cucamonga. Eventually I met Fr. James and Fr. Brian and they asked if I would be interested in leading worship for a contemporary service at Christ's Church. After a lot of prayer I responded to God's calling and agreed to lead music in the new service.
Beginning in late 2016 I began to discern a call to ordained ministry. While observing an instructed Eucharist I once again felt a deep longing, like I did in Mexico, to pursue ordained ministry. This was something I had daydreamed about since I was 15, but the call became irresistible as I watched a priest teach about and then celebrate the Eucharist. I am currently a postulant for the priesthood and I began attending Tablot School of Theology in 2019 in preparation for ordained ministry. In late 2018 I was hired to be the administrator at Christ’s Church in addition to being the music director.
Katelyn and I have been married since 2012. We live together in Yucaipa and she works in Riverside as a speech-language pathologist. We welcomed our first son into the world, James Ignatius, in 2017 and our second son Thomas Athanasius is due in November of 2019. We’re excited to see what God is going to do in the city of Yucaipa through Christ's Church.