I was addicted, angry, and living for no one but myself. I had asked Jesus into my heart on an Easter Sunday morning when I was twelve years old, but had run hard and fast away from His call since that time. My idea of God was an angry being who wanted to control me with His rules, and was quick to mark His "ledger" every time I failed to live up to those rules. I had no desire to serve a God who had left us in a broken mess, but expected us to live perfectly in the midst of this brokenness.

It was 1993, I was 19 years old, and my life was a mess. A long list of self-imposed circumstances had left me practically homeless. Although I had burned this bridge many times before, my brother opened his home to me. As I laid in bed that night fully lost in my own selfishness, Jesus miraculously opened my heart to the reality of who He was. There was no church service or preacher; it was just the presence of a Father I had never known before. For the first time, I felt His love. My heart melted under the weight of His enduring grace and compassion for my life as the seed of the gospel that was planted in my heart at age 12 began to bring forth its beautiful fruit of forgiveness. I knew that God saw the mess I was in, and that His heart broke for me. I told Him that night, "If you love me, save me." His response, "Call your mom in Denver, and tell her you want to come home." I followed His leading, and He has been faithful to save me from a life of brokenness and bring me into a place of healing and peace ever since.

I moved to Denver in 1994, and through His grace, He placed people in my life that began to teach me about the truth of the gospel. It was the true message of His love, and it set my heart on fire. I was so incredibly grateful for His love and sacrifice on the cross that I began to develop an overwhelming desire to want to share it with others. I felt the call to ministry. I enrolled in Bible college, and began an internship under the incredible influence of pastor Mike Donahue. I started leading a small group in Aurora, Colorado with my future wife. Krista and I were married in September of 1996, and have been incredibly blessed with our daughter Caitlyn and our son Addison.

After serving in ministry as a worship pastor and youth pastor for many years, in the spring of 2009 my wife and I felt the call to step out in faith and plant a church. We left our home church with no more than $2000.00 in our church budget. We cashed out our retirement funds and began the journey as church planters. Our vision? To build a house where God's presence was real and powerful, His love was given to all freely without judgment, and the truth of the full gospel is preached resulting in lives that are radically transformed by the grace, love, and power of Christ. Lifesong Worship Center is called to "Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples that Change the World."

"God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins." (1 John 4:9, 10