I had the privilege of being raised in a home where I learned about who God was at an early age and that God loved me even more than my parents, so much so that He had his Son, Jesus, die for me so I could spend forever with Him. I learned the value of hard work from my parents as well as a love for God and other people. I loved working outdoors, especially on a dairy farm where I learned to take care of the animals and run the machinery. Even now I enjoy taking a break from the everyday duties of a pastor to go out and help on a farm or run excavating equipment. I like participating in sports like basketball and soccer, but my real passion when it comes to recreation is hunting, fishing and going horseback riding and camping with my wife.