PASTOR & DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP
For as long as I could remember my life revolved around church. What friends I hung out with and what school activities I participated in were always dictated by my church schedule. If my pastor told me that the church was selling snowballs on the side of the road in the middle of January I would be there with a smile on my face. I was the kid that raised his hand during EVERY salvation message just to make sure. Church always came first and I loved it that way.
Sadly when I was 13 years old my father was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma, and that is when my life changed direction. I made the decision to walk away from God to pursue a life full of my own worldly desires. I looked at Christians and I thought they were crazy to put their faith in something so distant and confusing. I thought I was to smart for God and spent my time and energy striving for things that at the end of the day just left me empty. Even as my father got better my walk with God just became more distant and more strained. I knew I needed something but I had no idea that I was looking in all the wrong places.
I continued going to youth group because there was this cute girl named Gina there and I was determined to impress her by joining the worship band. I had no idea that God would later use this as an opportunity get ahold of my life in such a real and radical way. I was on stage playing guitar for a retreat in North Carolina when God stopped me in my tracks. I was so overwhelmed by the grace and the love of God that I stopped playing in the middle of the set and stared to weep. I’ll never forget hearing Gods voice in that moment saying that he loved me and that he had a plan for me and that everything was going to be ok. It changed everything.
From that moment on God began to open doors left and right for me to walk through. I have had the opportunity to travel across the country serving him and growing as a worship leader, and now God has opened up an amazing door here for Gina and I in Lancaster and we could not be happier. If there is one thing that I have learned throughout this entire process it’s that the love and grace that Jesus has for his people is worth sharing. It’s everything we have. I’m ecstatic to be apart of what God is doing in this community and to have the opportunity to continue to share the love and grace that Jesus has for all of us.
My hope for Lancaster Community Church
My hope for LCC is that as a community we can engage with God in radical worship and in turn engage with each other as a family of worshippers.