St. Helen, MI
I never had planned or imagined that Jesus would be living through me at a youth ranch. However, looking back on my life, I can now see how He has worked my past experiences together for such a time as this. I was 28 years old the first time I stepped into a church service and held a holy Bible. It was there I heard stories of how Jesus Christ has the power to change a man’s life. At that point, I had multiple addictions. I couldn’t get free from them no matter how hard I tried. Over the years, I’d been exposed to Alcoholics Anonymous, jail, probation, counseling, self-help books, medication, etc., but nothing was helping. I was a hopeless slave to it all.
Finally, one day, I decided to give God a chance. In less than two months of attending Sunday services and reading my Bible, I decided to be water baptized. I don’t recall a specific moment or prayer when I trusted Jesus, but my life’s never been the same since!
My construction management career led me to the Middle East. A few years later, the Lord called me to resign from my construction job to join a ministry team. In doing so, I was fully available to love and serve the labor workers who came to the Middle East (mostly from South Asia). This step of faith required a deeper trust in God as my Provider and it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life to date. Our team witnessed God’s love and power in ways that really stretched my comfort zone. Jesus transformed hearts, healed bodies, and threw out evil spirits. I loved this time so much and believed it would be the only job I’d ever have!
One of the greatest joys of that season was meeting my future wife. Molly was teaching in the Middle East for four years before we met. Although it wasn’t love at first sight, it soon became clear that I wanted her to be my wife. We were married while living overseas and loved our life there with no plans to leave. That’s when God moved in a new and very unique way in our lives—through dreams.
This was the first time I recognized Him speaking to me this way. The dreams God gave my wife and I led us into much prayer and discussion. We knew our next role had something to do with wounded horses and broken families, but a location was not clear. It was then Molly remembered the radio broadcast she heard 13 years earlier regarding CPYR. We checked out the website and applied as interns. Following our acceptance, we started our journey back to the states and settled in Oregon for our new adventure!
Since I’ve arrived here in Oregon, our Father has been showing me the variety of ways He uses all of His creation to reach His kids. How many times do we read about Jesus sharing a message using a storm, a tree, the wind or a farm? At the Ranch, we see countless opportunities to share the truth of Christ as we spend time with each child. He uses the horses, gardens and woodshop to reveal more of Himself in practical ways.
I also get excited watching how He draws interns and volunteers from near and far to serve Him. This reminds me of one of the last messages that Jesus shared with His followers before returning to the Father: “But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8, emphasis added).
What is your favorite coffee drink?
What is something that you are passionate about doing outside of Crystal Peaks?
Meeting with people to get to know them and hear their story. I especially have a heart for alcoholics, drug addicts, felons, homeless, etc. Anyone who’s as hopeless as I was before Christ.
Any interesting fact about you?
I jumped out of a plane to propose to my wife. It was worth it, because she said, “Yes