Deacon of Finance
I had the privilege of being born into a Christian home with two loving parents who helped to instill a legacy of faith in Christ in their family. Among many other virtues, they taught me the value of hard work, perseverance, faith, generosity and humility. Most importantly, they both modeled how to live a life that honors God and for that I will always be grateful.
I asked God to forgive my sins at a young age. Since that time, I have grown in my understanding and gratefulness of what salvation really means. The Bible says that ‘He made Him who had no sin to be sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came to earth as a human, lived the perfect life I could not live and died the death that I deserved on the cross; He died for my sin and in my place. His righteousness was credited to me, not because of anything I did to deserve it, but because of God’s grace and mercy. Now I willingly see myself as a slave to Christ because of the debt He paid for me.
After high school, I attended Briercrest Bible College for 4 years and learned many amazing truths about God, Scripture and life. After Bible School, I moved to Wainwright, Alberta, where I met my wife Meagan. Several years into our marriage, we moved to southern Alberta and have been attending Harvest Bible Chapel Calgary since the end of 2014.
We were initially drawn to Harvest’s 4 Pillars of proclaiming the authority of God’s Word without apology, lifting high the name of Jesus through worship, believing firmly in the power of prayer, and sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness. To have the privilege of hearing God’s Word faithfully preached every week is both a gift and a blessing and we are thankful for the opportunity to learn more and more about God’s nature and divine plan as the Scriptures are explained each week.
Some of my personal core values are to have an attitude of humility, to pursue a life of simplicity, to treasure generosity over wealth, to maintain a heart of compassion, and to have an unwavering faith in God. Real faith, Biblical faith, means having a faith that submits to God and His plans for my life rather than merely expecting things that I want from Him. I pray that I can be a man of this kind of faith.
My wife and I are grateful to be members of Harvest Bible Chapel Calgary and can’t wait to see what God has in store for our church and our world. I have the opportunity to work in the Assimilation Ministry, which aims to help first time guests move into the life of the church and toward discipleship. I look forward to meeting everyone that walks through our church doors each week, and consider it an honor to worship, walk and work with everyone who makes Harvest their church home.
If I have learned anything about telling my testimony it is that it is a work in progress. In truth, my testimony was born in the heart of God long before my birth, and will extend long after my death when I dwell in God’s presence forever in heaven because of what Christ has done for me. Amidst changing times and shifting views in our world, I take heart in the words of John Newton, the great pastor and author of the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’, as he was nearing the end of his life: “Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”