I am passionate about helping people experience the beauty of God and live the way God designed us to live. Coming in a close second to my love for God is the love for my family. For reasons I still doesn't understand, my lovely wife Maria agreed to marry me and we have been happily married since 1998. Eli, our first child, was born in 2001, Zoe joined the family in 2003, Ian arrived in 2005 and Ava and Ivy came along in 2007. We enjoy all the outdoor activities Connecticut offers, from the beach to the snow.
My parents were missionaries in Sierra Leone, West Africa, when I was young. So I grew up riding mini-motorcycles and having a pet monkey. I spent his middle and high school years in Fort Wayne, IN, developing a passionate love for basketball. Then I attended Washington University in Saint Louis for college, double majoring in Economics and Religious Studies. I worked as a surety underwriter for an insurance company for a few years, then decided to follow God's calling to ministry. I attended Yale University Divinity School for three years before joining the staff of Black Rock.