THE DWELLING PLACE
(Calvary Chapel Maryville)
We're a Jesus-centered, bible-based church with a heart to grow, worship God, and do life together.
It's always amazing to see how God moves. This church plant has been birthed through much prayer, waiting on the Lord, and stepping out in faith. Whether we were meeting in the pastor's home, at a local coffee house, or our current location, the heart behind our fellowship has remained the same: to dwell with God and our community. We affectionately like to use the phrase "do life together." With our humble beginning in Sept 2019, we have seen God build and grow the church and are blessed to be affiliated with Calvary Chapel. The best is yet to come!
"My dwelling place shall be with them, I will be their God, and they shall be My people." - Ezekiel 37:27
Meet Our Team
I am driven by a need to pursue truth, share the gospel, love my wonderful family, equip the church, and see God move!
My fun-loving, beautiful wife, Emily is a blessing to me and our family. She's a person I can be completely transparent with and someone I know is always in my corner. Our marriage has had its challenges throughout the years, but we have seen God cover it with His mercy and grace.
We have 2 awesome boys: Ethan and Caleb. Ethan is my strong-willed, creative, and theatrical scholar. Caleb is my whole-hearted, passionate, and free-spirited warrior. God has taught me so much through being a father.
I was born and raised in Michigan as part of a loving, supportive and moral family; but without any knowledge of the source of morality. I've always enjoyed sports and music and remained active in these through high school and college. My late teens and early 20s were introspective, searching, and ultimately life-defining. I was plagued with unanswered questions: “Where did everything come from?”, “Where do we go when we die?”, and "What is right and wrong?” After being invited to a church service by a co-worker, I heard the Gospel for the first time and a message that changed my view of what church could be. I was given a bible after leaving the service and skeptically started reading...cover to cover. I began writing down my questions and doubts as I plowed ahead verse by verse. Over time, I came face to face with some key truths: I'm a sinner, one day I'll die, and Jesus paid for my sins. One night I prayed beside my bed, confessed to the Lord, and decided to turn from my sin and follow Jesus. A few years later, at 24, I moved across the country to Southern California, backslid, and came back to the Lord...then I got a calling.
My career in sales was depressing. Sure, I was successful, but I hated getting up in the morning and was, well, bored. During a lunch break, I sat on the bluffs in Del Mar overlooking the ocean, contemplating my life. Feeling lost, I started talking to God. At one point I exclaimed, "What do you want me to do?" To which I heard God say, "Pastor." No, it wasn't an audible voice. I couldn't escape the weight of the message; they became almost unbearable. I finally yielded and cried, "OK, I'll do it." Instant peace. Within a few weeks, I had quit my job, moved, and enrolled in bible college. God is good.
I am a life-long learner with a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies from Calvary Chapel Bible College. Prior to that, I acquired a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Western Michigan University with minors in Management and Business Administration.
Adventure, the outdoors, BBQ, sushi, weight training, MMA, guitar, shooting, board games, Dungeons & Dragons, video games, classic rock, jazz, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Office, and anything coffee.
Bad drivers, poor customer service, and insincerity.
There is nothing more powerful than watching someone encounter God. My heart for our church is that we would grow together as we grow in Him.
I like to say that Raphael and I are “very married” because there’s no one I would rather do life with than him. We’re both huge geeks and often quote Lord of the Rings to each other!
Growing up, I spent a lot of time in church, but it wasn’t until I turned eighteen that I started taking my faith seriously. I can remember diving headfirst into who God is and not just believing that He loved me, but that He wanted me.
The first time I ever led worship, there was a moment where it felt like my soul got quiet and I thought, “This is what I’m supposed to do, this is why I was created." I knew I was perfectly in line with God’s plan for my life, and it’s been confirmed time and time again.
Raphael and I are currently a family of two, with hopes to become parents in the near future! We recently moved my sweet mama in with us and having her here has been a big blessing.
Most days you can catch me reading a good book, my camera nearby, and as much as I don’t want to admit this...I’m pretty addicted to coffee, so you won’t find me too often without one!
“The Civil War industry has conveniently forgotten about the battle of Schrute Farms. Whatever. I’m over it. It’s just grossly irresponsible.” - Dwight Schrute