Place of Origin:
Basketball, and music
Favorite Worship Songs:
“Time Stands Still” / “Priceless” by Frontline Worship & “Your Sweet Love” by Sam & Suzy Music
Favorite Worship Albums
I Can Rest Easy by Frontline Worship & Pages of Life by Fred Hammond
Started from the beginning, 1996
Co-founder, Songwriter, Keys, Recording Engineer
To write the songs of Heaven, teach the Word of God with understanding, and teach people the true meaning of worship. Ultimately to connect people to God.
“Wasn’t our ancestor Abraham “made right with God by works” when he placed his son Isaac on the sacrificial altar? Isn’t it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are “works of faith”? The full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence, “Abraham believed God and was set right with God,” includes his action. It’s that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend.” Is it not evident that a person is made right with God not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works?” James 2:21-24 (MSG)
I felt called to the ministry after a very normal Wednesday night service at my youth group. It was actually very uneventful. I just remember this deep sense that I would be involved in ministry from a very young age and that night was just a confirmation. It was in the fellowship hall of the church with less than forty kids in Florida. After hearing a guest missionary preach about reaching people for Christ and after he prayed I went up to my Youth Pastor and told him. I started to specify to being called as a missionary but he told me “Don’t limit what you do just because of who is standing in front of you”.
I started in music by playing the bass guitar in that same youth group after my youth pastor showed me the first two strings worth of notes. I learned how to play the piano my first year of Masters Commission when my roommate Jake Ishmael showed me piano chords and how to transpose them into different keys. We tag teamed playing piano, each playing half of our morning group prayer times.
I became the piano player for MC USA a year later when Jake took a worship pastor position in Colorado. From a musical perspective I’d like to thank anyone who attended and endured…(smile) those first 3 months of services when we started leading worship for the 9:00AM service at Phoenix First Assembly. My job was directing the band and frankly… we were BAD! What we were good at was passion, a love for God and giving everything we had. We eventually got better musically but the purity of that heart for worship was and is always the goal.