About Me

Work Experience

Founding Pastor, Grace Church of Richmond, VA, 1997-Present

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.

Volunteer Experience

Grace Covenant Church, Harrisonburg, VA | www.gcch.org

Grace Covenant was my church home from 1982 until January of 1997 where I served in whatever way was needed. I led small groups, served on various leadership teams, served in the nursery, taught Sunday School, led small groups, was a part of the leadership team for the college ministry, etc. The result was a strong hands on education and regimen of training which prepared me to be a part of leading the launch of Grace Church of Richmond. In addition to serving, I also completed several seminary classes at Regent University and Eastern Mennonite Seminary. as well as various leadership classes offered at through the church.

Grace College Ministry Leader, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 1983-1988

Was responsible for leading the worship at campus meetings as well as discipling and mentoring the student leaders.

Worship Team Leader, Grace Covenant Church, Harrisonburg, VA, 1990-1996

Served as a vocalist and worship team leader. Was responsible for preparing the worship song list, leading the weekly rehearsal, and coordinating the worship set on Sunday mornings.

Small Group Leader, Grace Covenant Church, Harrisonburg, VA, 1989-1996

Beth (my wife) and I were responsible for leading a small group as well as for helping other leaders start and lead their groups. Our responsibilities included leading a weekly meeting, preparing Bible studies, pastoring group members through various life events, helping engaged couples prepare themselves for marriage, and working with and assisting the pastoral staff as needed.

Education

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. (lifeformingcoach.com)

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