I was raised in a Christian home in the GTA and grew up in a loving local church. I was just a child when Jesus gave me new life in Him. He then grounded me in the faith as a young man through godly teachers, opportunities to serve, and leadership experiences. I graduated from Heritage Bible College with a BRS in 2004 and began work as a pastoral intern at Hughson Street Baptist Church in Hamilton’s inner-city. From there I planted and pastored an intercultural church plant in east Hamilton called Lightway Church (2007-2020) and completed an MDIV degree from Heritage Seminary in 2011.
My wife Amy and I were married in 2006 and we have three children: Aila, Luke, and Travis. Amy’s a trained developmental service worker who has worked with children with special needs in both public and Christian schools. As a family we enjoy visiting our extended family, going on road trips, singing songs and playing games. I’m an avid reader, an aspiring tennis player, and an under-appreciated joke teller.
I joined the pastoral team at Redemption in 2021. We were drawn to the church because of its reputation for solid leadership and teaching, its heart for disciple-making and church planting, and its desire to submit all it does to God’s will and God’s way. I believe God has called and equipped me for pastoral ministry and I am eager to serve our church family with the gifts, wisdom, and experience of which he’s made me a steward.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. “ Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)