Background

On November 7th, 1981, I was born at Wahiawa General Hospital in Oahu, HI. My dad and grandfather were both pastors at Pacific Islands Bible Church in Mililani, HI. I was the oldest of five kids.

In 1988 my family moved to New Jersey where my Dad took the pastorate of an Evangelical Free church in Lawrenceville, NJ. My parents homeschooled me through almost all grades.

During a three week summer vacation in 1995 I was visiting my grandparents in Oahu. My Grandpa made me an offer. He told me that he would pay me $100 if I would memorize 100 Bible verses. My Grandpa worked with me everyday to reach this goal. On the last day of the vacation I memorized the final verse. It was through this challenge that I surrendered my life to Christ. My heart was awakened to a relationship with God and I sensed a call to full-time ministry.

In 1999 I left New Jersey to attend Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, California. After graduating from the Bible College, I was hired by the same school to be an administrator and teacher. I married my wife Melinda in 2002. We have three kids: Hudson (13), Hayden (10) and Hanalei (6).

In 2007 I moved my family to the island of Kauai where we pioneered the start up of a Bible College. Our family was in Kauai for three and a half years working on this project. The Bible College consistently hosted between 12-27 students while I was the director. In 2010 we moved back to Southern California so that I could become the interim director at Calvary Chapel University. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in multiple fields. I transitioned out of my leadership role in CCU and into an assistant pastor role at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa. My weekly responsibilities included teaching for the School of Worship, the School of Ministry, taking counseling appointments, taking prayer calls, and handling other pastoral duties.