I was born a Jew. My maternal grandfather loved the God of the Tanach.
He taught me about God and His love for His people as a living example of
Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Although he died when I was still a child, his teaching
made a huge impression on me; one I have carried with me to this day. As
an adult, I heard my believing friends say that Jesus was the Messiah. My
first reaction was “No, He couldn't be! If He was, my grandfather would
have told me.” So, after hearing this a number of times, I decided I would
prove He was not the Messiah; and to do that I had to read the Tanach
and then the New Testament.
I started in Genesis, and by the time I
got to the end of Deuteronomy I finally understood what it meant to be Jewish.
Go figure! To make a long story short, I then had to study the prophets
and the prophecies of the Messiah, read the New Testament gospels to learn what
it said about Jesus, and then start comparing the prophecies with the stated
After six months, I was sitting with my friends in their
church (Valley) one Sunday, not paying attention to the sermon, thinking about
all I had read in scripture, and just casually said to Jesus “You are the One,
aren't you?” The veil was immediately lifted from my heart and from my
eyes, and I saw Him clearly. This was December 1990, and for the next five
years I did not open up any other book but His. I devoured the Old and New
Testaments like a man without food or drink for his whole life.
Since then I have been predominantly
involved in men's and teaching ministries at Valley Church
I have led an early morning men's bible study; I have led a series of Sunday
evening bible studies in Christian faith doctrines, bible prophecy, and harmony
of the gospels; and I have led a Sunday morning young adult class on knowing the
Son, His life and works. In addition, I have spent eight years as a
leader, director, and commander in AWANA and AKX; I have mentored high school
and college students; and I have assisted with the college group ministry.
My wife, Maureen, and I started
Shepherd's Table food ministry at Valley Church
and a non-profit food bank, Shepherd's Table Inc
in the county in which we currently live.