Ministry

js__0324I grew up in Kansas City but spent 15 formative years in and around the great city of Chicago. In Chicago, I served two churches as the pastor to youth and young adults. In 2013, our family moved to California, where I serve as pastoral assistant for teaching and discipleship at Grace Pasadena (in Old Town Pasadena).

I am a PhD candidate (ABD) at Fuller Theological Seminary, where I also teach as an adjunct instructor in Theology. I hold a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. This year I celebrate my 14th year of marriage to Melissa and we are blessed with two children.

My ministry passion is to re-enchant the world through the imagination-shaping depth of the gospel. In addition to my preaching responsibilities, I travel to speak at churches, retreats, and conferences throughout the year. In this space I hope to make available recent and important sermons:

SERIES: RUTH

Bitterness and Blessing (Ruth 1)

Redemption (Ruth 3)

SERIES: SEVEN DEADLY SINS

Pride (James 3-4)

Anger (Ephesians 5)

Sloth (Proverbs)

SERIES: PARABLES OF GRACE

The Good Samaritan (Luke 10)

The Great Banquet (Luke 14)

The Lame Shall Enter First (Luke 18)

SERIES: JONAH

Passion and Passivity (Jonah 1)

When Prayer Prevents Piety (Jonah 2)

Questioning our Convictions (Jonah 4)

SERIES: VISION AND VALUES

Gospel Driven Identity (Hebrews 4)

Outward Facing Community (Philippians 2)

SERIES: THE BOOK OF ACTS

Title or Testimony? (Acts 26)

Whatever Gods May Be (Acts 17)

Called Christians (Acts 11)

Clean and Common (Acts 10)

No Other Name (Acts 4)

Spirit Poured Out (Acts 2)

SERIES: PROPHETS, PRIESTS, AND KINGS (1 SAMUEL)

All that is Gold Does Not Glitter (1 Sam 16)

Bigger, Faster, Stronger (1 Sam 14)

The Weight of Glory (1 Sam 3)

A Song of Reversal (1 Sam 2)

SERIES: WALK WITH JESUS/TALK WITH JESUS

If You Had Been Here (John 11)

Walking in the Wilderness (Matt 3)

Failing Forward (Matt 14)

Expectation and Encounter (John 2)

Other Grace Pasadena Sermons:

Wisdom for the End (Ecclesiastes 11-12)

A Tale of Two Sisters (Proverbs 9)

Able to Save to the Uttermost (Hebrews 7)

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