Time-Line

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I’m currently attending Antioch Bible College at Rancho Community. This is my second year and I’m currently going thru the “Habits of the Heart” course. In our cohort we’re spending a lot of time discussing things like, how we study, what we read, how we spend our time, which spiritual disciplines do we participate in, why, and how?

Tonight we continued a discussion from last week which touched on the idea of putting together a personal “time-line” to kind of map what God has done in our lives, how we were shaped, and how we are growing. I always like to see what I’m talking about, graphics help me understand and explain, so here’s my time-line in a graphic.

And here’s a little more detail in written form:

In what is labeled, “Sovereign Foundations”:

  • I was introduced to church through my parents at a very young age. I still remember attending “First Presbyterian Church of Milpitas“. I’m pretty sure I went to preschool there, attended VBS in the summers, and moved into “Milpitas Christian School” through 5th or 6th Grade.
  • I was introduced to Christ in a more mature way through the ministry of “Big Valley Grace Church” in Modesto, California. Rick Countryman was my youth pastor and through his ministry and a trip to Hume Lake Christian Camp, I made what I believe was my personal profession of faith. I also began personally studying the Bible and serving at church during this time.
  • Our family made a move to Southern California when I was in high school. During the following years I was not connected to a healthy church ministry and was not excited about growing spiritually. I call this my “walking away” period. I won’t bore anyone with details.

“Inner-Life Growth”

  • After a few years of not much direction, I spent a summer in ministry back at Big Valley Grace as a worship leader for their youth group. Then I came back to Southern California and began volunteering a Sunrise Christian Fellowship, a small church plant that my parents were attending in Murreita. Through serving for a couple years, I began to feel the call to further invest in ministry. I attended Calvary Chapel Bible College and became the youth pastor for Sunrise.
  • Marriage brought me into the next phase of my life. I began to learn how marriage and ministry work together and continued working a full time job and volunteer at Sunrise. It was in conversations with my wife that I first began to consider full-time ministry.
  • After a lot of prayer, advice, meeting, and talking, my wife and I decided to make a move into full-time ministry at a new church plant in Temecula called Life Church. This was an exciting time in our lives – we were a young family with one child and tons of time and energy to give to the ministry. we experienced a couple years of rapid growth and exciting ministry, had our second child, and made deep connections with people in our church.

“Ministry Maturing”

  • About three years into our time at Life Church, we began to experience some of the growing pains that come with a fast-growing church plant. I became the executive pastor, overseeing our staff. I learned a ton, quickly. While I enjoyed a great deal of success,watching families come be introduced to Christ and the church, I also experienced great deal of frustration & burn-out. After about another year-and-a-half of conversations, prayer, and mentor’s advice, we made the heart-breaking decision to end our time there.
  • It was a week after I resigned that I got a call from Rancho Community Church. A long story short – we came to Rancho. My position was a little vague, but it had something to do with Communications, helping with parent communications at their Christian School (which I had experience in attending..), and helping with the “look & feel” of the church.
  • Since coming to Rancho, we’ve had our third child, helped rebrand the school and church, joined the executive team, and launched a brand new venue campus in Murrieta.

So, that’s my journey so far, laid out on this time-line. There’s three more categories that I haven’t reached yet. I’ll share those and some goals/ideas in Part 2.

This has been really helpful for me to see how God, from the very beginning has been preparing me for where I am at today. How he has given me opportunities to learn and grow – to have life-altering experiences on the way. For giving me a trusting and supportive wife, a beautiful family, and a place now to continue to grow, to learn, and to launch into the the next phase of my life.

 

Designer. Communicator. Solutions Architect. Husband. Father of 4. Friend of God. I've dabbled in building, graphic design, worship, music, media, communications, connections, leadership, and now I'm an executive pastor at Rancho Community Church in Southern California.

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  1. …and of course there is a sweet graphic for the whole thing!

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