I am the lead pastor of Harbor Church, located in downtown Olympia in the Capitol City of Washington State. I grew up just north of Seattle and have lived in Missouri, New York, and now Olympia since 2005 with my wife and three children.

Family 2015

This blog is focused on my three primary interests: culture, discipleship, and leadership. My aim is to blog on these topics individually but they often overlap.

If you are interested in understanding how the context and culture of our world influences our daily decisions, in becoming a more effective leader with your influence, or living a purposeful life as a Christian that will lead to leaving a legacy worth remembering, you have found a place to learn and share your thoughts.

I try to post twice a week but I warn you that this is a place for my mind to work out what’s going on inside of it, so that routine may be disrupted, and I encourage you to join the discussion by commenting.


I have been in vocational ministry for over fifteen years serving as a music and arts pastor, executive pastor, and lead pastor. Before and even during that time I have also held positions outside of the church as a business owner, music director and conductor, and consultant. After earning a masters degree in orchestral conducting in New York I founded the Capital Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in Olympia, WA. In 2010, our family moved to Bellevue and joined the staff of one of the fastest and most influential churches in America serving as a pastor in a variety of functions. In 2011, we moved back to Olympia where became the lead pastor of Mars Hill Church Olympia. In 2015, myself and a team of passionate and talented people planted Harbor Church in downtown Olympia where I currently serve as the lead pastor today.

Speaking 1

I have been married to my wife, Rachel, for almost ten years and we have two daughters and a son. We currently reside in Olympia, Washington, where we love to laugh, walk, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Besides my professional activities, I enjoy reading, writing, music, and culinary adventures. I thoroughly enjoy the game of golf even though it brings me great vexation.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.