So who am I? I am JAG. That is short for just a guy! I am just a guy trying to follow Jesus. Just a guy with a pretty cool family. Just a guy lucky enough to serve at a pretty cool church! I love Jesus. He is my greatest love and passion. Without him and his sacrifice on the cross. I am nothing, I have nothing, and I would amount to nothing. In Matthew 16:24, Jesus said that anyone with aspirations of knowing Him must take up a cross and follow Him. That is my joy. It is a privilege to serve God. Till death do we part, in sickness and in health - all of that - He is my Lord. He has taken me on some amazing adventures already. I can't wait to see what is next.
I love my family. Emily is the real hero in our story. She is my wife of 12 years. I know - shocker! Someone has had the patience to put up with me that long. Wow! Emily is the assistant director of the forensics program at GMU. So now you know who has the brains in this marriage. She was runner up Ms. Illinois in her 20's and she looks just as great now. So you figured out who the good looking one is too! And she serves God with an undying passion. Now you know who is the spiritual one as well.
We have 6 kids. Dryden and Soleil are the home-made kids. Dryden is 11, and Soleil is 9. We adopted 3 kids from China, Lily, Mackenzie and Thaddaeus. Mackenzie is 8, Lily is 7, and Thadd is 5. Spoiler alert because you may meet us at some point. Lily had a heart transplant 3 years ago. She's doing amazing. God has done some jaw-dropping things in our lives. Annabella (Salsa) is the most recent addition to our family. She is 8 months old - and we adopted her in NYC! She is a testimony to God's grace in our lives.
I love to serve the church. I have been at GBC for almost 3 years now. I love it! I did my undergrad work at Kentucky Christian University and my graduate work at Lincoln Christian Seminary. I have been learning who God is since I first decided to follow Jesus when I was 12-years-old.
A few other things about me! I am Canadian! I love to lift weights, play golf, basketball, hockey, volleyball, tennis - pretty much any sport! I also thought you should know my fanhood ahead of time. I am a diehard New England Patriots fan (I know, we have suffered through some lean years lately!!!). I also love the Montreal Canadiens, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Nationals, and I have not yet given up hope of a Tiger Woods return to prominence! I hope to meet you when you check out our church! Peace and Good will eh!