If you had to describe yourself using three words, what three words would you pick?
I’m loud. Real loud. With my outgoing nature, gregarious personality and gravelly voice, you can hear me from far, far away.
I am fun. I like to laugh and joke around. I believe that people who know the Living God have forgiveness and purpose and should be incredibly fun.
I am a sports-enthusiast. I love sports, especially the UCLA Bruins, Oakland Raiders, Sacramento Kings and Lebron James. I am also opinionated, so if you bring up sports, you may be in for an argument.
What is one thing about you that might surprise people?
Some people may be surprised that I have loved reading Science Fiction books since I was a kid. I love reading books like The Lord of the Rings but also love reading the Conan books as well as anything from Edgar Rice Burroughs (A.K.A. – the creator of Conan and John Carter of Mars). I know: Nerd Alert.
Describe a groundbreaking invention which would make your job easier.
I would be eternally grateful if someone could invent a life-like robot of me in a programmable car that had the capabilities of dropping my kids off at school, taking them to all their sporting events and getting them ready for bed. I will keep the wrestling, video game, and nighttime book reading jobs, though.
What is one big goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
I would love to raise my three boys to be strong, godly men. I know it is difficult in today’s society, but my biggest goal would be to leave behind a legacy in Caleb, Tyler and Shane’s life so that they would love and know God, fight for the things that are right, and love courageously like Jesus did. I would also like to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail with my brother Don, visit Europe and the Holy Land, and outwit, outplay, and outlast in a game of Survivor.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life for Christ? How?
Bruce Blake. Bruce was the former Youth Pastor here at First Covenant Church and poured into my life as a young man. He was big, personable, fun and adventurous. His message was all about the power of the Holy Spirit or, as he called it, the indwelling life of Jesus Christ. He gave me confidence that my sins were forgiven, hope that God would use me, character because of the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and a passion for people.