About Me

Introduction

Since August 2018, I have been serving at the Celebration House Men’s Residential Recovery Program as the director and pastor. I am also enrolled at Regent University where I am working on my masters in human services. The concentration is Addiction Counseling and graduation is projected for December, 2020. I am passionate about creating the physical, emotional, and spiritual  space needed for men and women to overcome any or all obstacles in the way of their maturing into the people they have been created by God to be. I believe a powerful yet simple way to accomplish this is by establishing residential communities in which like-minded people are forced to use tools and to practice the life-skills needed for a fruitful and free life.  Becoming fluent in the use of authenticity, humility, confession, etc. as tools for growth and maturity is the goal in this type of space. Learning to pay attention to yourself through a biopsychosocial lens is a great way to move out of our particular pathologies and disorders and into the “more than enough” life we all so desperately desire. This excites me and this is what I am learning how to do better each day.

Work Experience

Director of Men’s Residential Recovery, Celebration Church and Outreach Ministry, VA, August, 2018-Present

Responsible for creating the required physical, emotional, and spiritual space for men to deal with the cause and effect of their addictions. Responsible for developing leaders in our recovery house as well as lead new residents into what is often a new relationship with Jesus. Also responsible for discipling them into the life they have been created to live in Jesus. Position also includes serving on the pastoral staff at Celebration Church, providing input and perspective on church wide matters as well as represent our addiction recovery ministry on that team. One other aspect of this position is to build relationships with others in our community and region

Director of Bridge Group Life, Ironbridge Baptist Church, VA, August, 2015-August, 2018

Responsible for creating and setting in place a structure for small group life. This involved educating the general church population about what small groups are and are not; training and equipping small group leaders and coaches; planning quarterly workshops for training small group leaders and coaches. Championing all things related to community life.

Founding Pastor, Grace Church of Richmond, VA, January, 1997-June, 2015

Started and nurtured a vibrant church community in the West End of Richmond. Was responsible for leading various leadership teams and for training and equipping new leaders. In addition to the training aspect of my job, was responsible for all aspects of marketing, planning a weekly worship service, preparing a weekly message, counseling people through a variety of life circumstances, and for helping people discover their life purpose and calling.

Production Designer, BrandSync Richmond, VA, Three month temporary position

Prepared ad layouts for production using the Adobe suite of design applications. Also used QuarkXpress page layout software for the same. BrandSync was a dynamic public affairs, business consulting and branding firm established in 1999 by Rob Martin and his father David Martin who also co-founded the Martin Agency, an internationally recognized advertising firm.

Staff Designer, URS Greiner Richmond, VA, 1997-1999

Worked with the staff engineers as a designer, using AutoCad’s Softdesk software to develop designs for various Virginia Department of Highway projects as well as various airport redesigns and improvements.

Staff Designer, Blackwell Engineering Harrisonburg, VA, 1992-1997

Was involved in the full process of subdivision design and layout, including street alignments, sanitary and storm profile designs, erosion and sediment control plans. Worked with land surveyors, land developers, government officials and engineers to reach mutually acceptable solutions. Ultimately was responsible for meeting all government agency requirements and providing them with the needed information for construction in a timely manner.

Owner and Designer, Graphic Solutions Harrisonburg, VA, 1989-1992

Started and grew a graphic design and sign making business. I worked with clients, helping them develop concepts for marketing their business as well as helping them develop ideas for products. Produced vehicle graphics, literature, advertisements, signs, package design, mock-ups, etc. 

Lead Carpenter, Community Construction Company Harrisonburg, VA, 1986-1989

Was responsible for taking a floor plan and building the addition or home designed. Was also responsible for communicating with homeowners and providing leadership for a small crew. I was involved in all aspects of residential home building from start to finish.

Education

Master’s of Arts, Human Services (Concentration in Addiction Counseling)

Regent University, December 2020

Bachelors of Science, Graphic Design

James Madison University, December 1989

Life Coach Certification

Lifeforming, Inc., Certified in the use of Coaching principles and practices. Thirty-two week Accelerated Coaches Training Program. 

Skills

  • Proficient in the use of Adobe Creative Suite applications
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite of applications
  • Proficient in the use of WordPress and other web development solutions
  • Proficient in the use of Keynote and Pages
  • Strong listening and conversation skills
  • Team building and team assessment skills
  • Strong graphic design and visual communication skills