Thanks for visiting my site. This project has been long in the making, and is very special to me. I am thankful to be able to share the insights and truth God has shown me over the years. I hope they bless and encourage you too.
I was born in Southern California in 1954. At the age of fifteen, I had a life-changing encounter with Jesus that altered the course of my life. Almost as soon as I gave my life to Jesus, I knew I was called into ministry. I spent the next several years devouring the Scriptures and seeking that call. I published a Christian newspaper called “The Last Edition” when I was seventeen, and spent hours on Hollywood Boulevard passing them out. A girl and a guy from my church and I started a band called, “Isaias”, and together we wrote and performed over 100 songs. I continued to do small concerts even after we broke up.
When I was eighteen, I had a startling and life-changing encounter with God driving home one day, when I became aware of the magnitude of the child abuse and child pornography problem. I remember pulling off to the side of the road on the way to work and weeping uncontrollably until my insides ached. I prayed one simple, powerful prayer that would change the entire course of my life: “Jesus, whatever it takes, use me. I want to help these kids. I’ll do anything you ask.”
Within months, I received a direct word to enter Bible college, and I enrolled in Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas. There, that calling was sharpened, and other aspects of ministry were added, including sign language and touring with the original Signs of Love choir.
After a year, I returned home and went to work with my pastor, Rev. Glenn Adkins of Topanga Community Church in Topanga Canyon, CA. Wow. Talk about a ministry. Rev. Glenn went where angels – and most Christians – feared to tread. (And he still is!) And I went right along with him, eventually doing evangelistic work in Hollywood. It would take another book just to outline all the adventures, and all the miracles of that time. I am deeply indebted to Glenn for taking me under his wing and giving me a place to minister.
In the fall of that year, I was hired as a full time counselor for Youth Defenders, a live-in center for organic and drug related brain damaged kids. What a challenge. What an opportunity to learn God-kind of love. I left there in the winter, and found myself speaking to over 1,000 people at Church At El Paso in El Paso, Texas.
For the next ten years, I was engaged in crisis counseling, youth outreach, youth evangelism, missions, media, and a host of other incredible ministry positions and opportunities. I was able to travel to Mexico, Canada, Europe and Indonesia as well.
In 1987, I landed in El Paso Texas, embarking on what would be the most dangerous, difficult and phenomenal work God had ever given me. I began to work for the WATCH NETWORK, a ministry established to inform, teach and train law enforcement, professionals and churches about the danger of satanic crime. At the same time, I was approached by a missionary’s son, Tim Gamwell, and asked to take part in a home Bible Study for a handful of kids who were involved in the occult and wanted to learn about God. For the next ten years, I was part of both of these works. In 1989, I branched out from the WATCH NETWORK and began traveling and speaking on my own – training and speaking to well over 200 criminal justice, medical, professional and church groups and agencies since then. The youth group exploded, and in ten years’ time, we probably saw over 1000 kids come through our doors seeking Jesus. It was the most awesome time of ministry I have ever known.
Of course there was a price to pay, and there were many attacks, threats, dangers, and actual losses. But when we finally closed the youth work, JOEL, in 1997, it was with a sense that we had done a good, right and eternal work. Tim Gamwell was the real pioneer, leader and tireless laborer in JOEL, I was just blessed to participate, teach and love those kids when I was not traveling. And Sue Joyner, who founded the WATCH NETWORK, was a true pioneer and advocate for abused children. I owe them both a debt of gratitude.
My mother passed away in 1994, and my father in 1997, and it was a difficult time. Nearly every ministry venture had come to a standstill. Slowly, though, doors once again opened. I became involved with a local interdenominational youth center called “The Wayside”, got to know a lot of kids, and through that, landed at the church I now call home. The Pastor is one in a million. He has completely opened his church to me and welcomed me. In the difficult work I do, particularly as a law enforcement trainer on occult crimes, having a place of rest, acceptance and welcome is a true miracle to me.
I am still traveling frequently, dividing my time between youth outreaches, church speaking and criminal justice training. When I am home, I teach High School Sunday school and just hang out with the kids I’ve come to love so much.
I am a blessed, happy man. And I can’t wait to see what God is going to do next!
Please let me know how I can pray for you or serve you. And if you are interested in having me come and share at your church or youth outreach, just write to me. Thanks and may God bless and keep you in the shadow of His Wings.
My soul was bought for God,