What are your theological absolutes and/or non-negotiables?
I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The Bible is the inspired word of God. The Church is the body of Christ here on earth and is made up of all Christians. We all have the opportunity to spend eternity with God if we believe in Christ, confess our faith, repent of our sins and are baptized into Christ. That gift is given to us freely. We can do nothing to earn it. Christ calls us to be “little Christs” here on earth. The task has now been given to us to be the light of world.
I believe God’s kingdom is a big place. I choose to “major in the majors”, which means there are areas where opinions vary. In essentials unity; in opinions liberty; and in all things love.
Please describe your philosophy of worship.
I go into more detail on this in the video (3 chairs), but as worship leaders/pastors we serve as “lenses.” The job of the lens to bring something into view or focus. As a magnifying glass helps the unaided eye see objects more clearly, as worship leaders, we help people see God more clearly. They don’t see US, they see HIM. And just as our lenses need to be clean in order to help us see THROUGH them, we must keep distractions to a minimum so Jesus can be more fully seen
How would you describe your leadership style (off the platform)?
I like to “set the pace” by providing a frame-work for others to follow. This happens through painting a picture of what we are shooting for. The next step after getting everyone on the same page is to provide the resources (ie. training) needed to achieve the goals. Whether through myself or other means, once enabled, it’s my job to provide support and encouragement, all the while, keeping the team moving toward the goal. The speed of that movement is defined differently for various areas and personnel, but the key is forward movement.
What do you think your greatest creative contribution is to a team and to the church?
Thinking outside the box, while simultaneously being able to mold the box to fit the contents, and helping facilitate an environment that is conducive for people to grow closer to Christ.
Describe your understanding of “team” or “collaboration” when it comes to worship teams.
I see this as being very similar to non-worship team ministry. Each situation is different. The key is identifying potential, giftedness and maturity, and finding ways to best help volunteers move forward while building a high level of quality. Everyone is part of the team whether they sing, play, lead, run a click, push a fader, click a mouse, or spike a stage. Musically, I often teach the idea that we are like an orchestra. Every single person in the orchestra is important. And while there are “chairs” (leaders whose talent sets the pace), you never hear a section decide that they are just going to check out because they are only playing a few measures. So you may “only” be playing pads on this song, or you may be playing simple chords until the big bridge section, or you may not be singing the lead all the time, but you are important. This really applies to the whole worship team: everyone is needed, and everyone contributes to the final product.
What are some of your hobbies/interests?
In my limited free time, I have grown to love participating in our local community arts. This not only has been a great artistic outlet, it has also given me a wonderful connection with the community outside our church walls. I have been in 10 shows over the last 8 years, with parts ranging from the Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, to Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Javert in Les Miserables, and Ralph in, The Christmas Story. One of my biggest joys is that my family has fallen in love with it as well, and I have been able to do several shows with my daughters, as well as Les Mis, in which our entire family was cast together. I am also a member of a few community choir groups, both volunteer and audition based.
I enjoy playing guitar, recording, video editing, acting, photography, and design. I enjoy listening to good music on a great audio system. For a while I ditched driving a car and instead rode my bike daily to work and back. I broke my elbow in a freak ice skating accident a year ago and that has slowed down my biking, as well as my love for golf. I was once an avid golfer (3x a week).
I love watching documentaries on anything other than food. I am a big Star Wars fan, and have been known to be obsessed with “24” when it was on the air. I love seeing shows (musicals and straight plays) with my family and think that Vernors is the best (and only) soft drink worth drinking.
Are you still working @ HCC? Why are you leaving your current position?
Yes, I’m still working as the Worship Minister at Highland. Our family has been wrestling for awhile with where God may be leading us. You can read what I shared with the congregation here.