WHY CHRISTIANITY? As a child, my parents took us to church occasionally. It seemed boring and irrelevant. A friend invited us to a church where I understood the message and people seemed excited about Jesus. After a few months, on September 24, 1972, I accepted Christ. I was baptized soon after I made that decision.
WHY MINITSRY? As a kid, I dreamed of being a lawyer. Then in 1978 during a chapel at Berean Christian High School (now in Walnut Creek, Ca), we were urged to seek how God could best use us. and I began asking that of God on a daily basis. God began bringing ministry opportunities to me that confirmed my gifts and by the end of my junior year, it was clear God wanted me to serve Him in ministry. It's a decision I have never doubted.
WHY HILLSIDE? I've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area all my life. I had been an Associate Pastor in Martinez for a few years then an Interim Pastor in Concord for a very short time when in September of 1989 (the month before I got married!), some leaders from Hillside Church asked if I'd consider coming to help them. The church had declined and people were discouraged. After much prayer and discussion, it became obvious that God wanted me to go to Hillside. I originally thought I would be there a short time, but 32 years later, here I am."