I was saved at age eleven in a Baptist church in Taft, California, where I grew up. Dawn grew up in the same town, and her dad led her to the Lord at age eight. We were both scripturally baptized in Baptist churches. I entered the Army right after high school and served in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, South Korea, and for the White House in Washington D.C. Dawn and I were married in 1992. Dawn completed an associate’s degree in elementary education during this time.
I then worked as a California Highway Patrol Officer for eleven years. We began attending an independent, fundamental Baptist church in 1995 where we were introduced to soulwinning. After seeing a lady trust Christ in her front yard, I determined that I must be a soulwinner for the rest of my life. We transferred to a CHP station near Morgan Hill, California, in 1998 so we could be a part of Shadow Mountain Baptist Church which was in the first few months of getting started. My wife and I were able to serve in nearly every aspect of this ministry. We were involved in soulwinning, discipling, choir, and children’s ministries. I served as an usher, building committee member, and later a deacon. We began a singles’ class which we led for eight years. God began to really grow us in the area of giving during this time.
Praise the Lord! He saw fit to call me into full-time ministry in 2007. I left the Highway Patrol and worked as an assistant pastor responsible for soulwinning, missions, and outreach/special events at Shadow Mountain Baptist. This was a wonderful year in our lives. During a Leadership Conference in 2008, I felt the clear call of God on my life to missions. In answer to this call, we moved to Lancaster to attend West Coast Baptist College where I graduated in the Spring of 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and missions.
As I sought God’s will for the field where He would have us serve, God opened the doors for me to see the country of Nicaragua. I took a survey trip in the summer of 2011 and God placed a burden on my heart for the Miskito Indians who live along the coast and rivers of northeastern Nicaragua.
I cannot suppose to know why God would have us enter missions work a little later in life, but we trust Him for all that He will do. God has certainly proven Himself faithful. After we were unable to have children after thirteen years of marriage, God blessed us with our first two children through adoption. To our surprise, while in Bible college, we had two biological children after eighteen years of marriage! God has been so good. Our children regularly talk about what they will be doing on the mission field.