G’day (that’s what we say in Australia)! I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. I was raised in a strong Christian home by wonderful parents and I have 3 siblings who are all older than me, I am the baby in the family.
After graduating high school I did all sorts of things from real-estate, hospitality, and was even a postal man (on a motor bike) for a little while. Eventually I went to study at a Youth Ministry focused Theological College, I did a two year degree in youth ministry and during that time I worked with youth at my church. Once I had finished my degree I went on to get a job at a Christian missions organization called African Enterprise. It was here I had the opportunity to lead short-term mission trips to Africa.
I loved going to Africa, even though it was always heart breaking and hard work. The people were amazing and usually even though they did not have much they had faith and those that did not were thirsty to here about Jesus. My favorite country that I went to was Uganda, and I hope to get back there someday. African Enterprise was hard work work, but I grew a lot and it was this job that brought me to meet Leila! We met just when I was completely not looking to meet anyone. Much less a girl from the US. It took me a while to warm up to actually having a relationship with her and then let’s just say I was in for a real adventure!
During this time I also lived at the beach in Sydney and enjoyed lots of surfing, hanging with friends, church and life by the beach. It was a beautiful area and worth it even though I had a long commute to work.
Once Leila moved to Sydney and we started dating I had a new opportunity for work arise. So I changed jobs and went to work for the Youth Ministry College I had attended, I helped to run a new program they were starting called ‘Year 13′. It was a Christian program designed as a ‘gap’ year for students who had just graduated from high school. So, I got to work with lots of 18year olds and also plan a mission trip each year for them. I loved this job and stayed there for 5 years until we moved back to the US.
Some other things about me are, I am much more introverted and laid back than Leila. I am usually a pretty quiet guy in big groups, but love the one on one discussions. I love doing things with my hands from building projects to learning how to garden. Leila thinks I am very handy because I like fixing things. I also enjoy bike-riding, surfing, snow boarding, spear-fishing, horse-back riding and am hoping to start kayaking soon.
At this stage I am working on launching a personal training business and being a weightloss mentor. It has been a big shift in work, but I am looking forward to helping people be healthier and fit.
My faith is also a big part of my life and I continue to do my best to lead our family in a way that honors God and to serve the Lord in all I do.