I have been a born-again Christian since 1993, my sophomore year of high school. I graduated from the University of Idaho in 1999 with BS degrees in History and Philosophy. As a student, I was involved in organizing projects with Campus Crusade for Christ and Collegiate Reformed Fellowship.
After graduation, I was unsure of the Lord's call on my life, so I studied for one year at Greyfriars Hall in Moscow, ID and began a three year tenure in the campus ministry of Christ Church there in Moscow. It was at this time I also began teaching in Christian K-12 education.
In 2004, my family and I moved to Florida, and since then have been a member of Gulf Coast Community Church in St Petersburg.
Like most evangelicals, I considered myself pro-life and anti-abortion. I thought my main purpose on the life issue was to vote and support pro-life candidates.
However, all of that changed in May of 2007. On Mother's Day 2007, my pastor Jerry Cisar preached a sermon entitled, "The Number One problem in America today." He preached on the abortion issue. God used that sermon to open my eyes, not just to the horrors of abortion, but to the actions that I needed to take here in my own community.
I found out that there were five abortion clinics in St Petersburg-Clearwater, and five more in Tampa, right across the bridge.
I began praying about what I could do to stop this horror.
The LORD led me to the clinic on Central Avenue in St Petersburg in 2008 where I found some pro-life sidewalk counselors who were volunteering their own time to reach out with the love of Jesus.
But then it dawned on me. If these gentle souls are only here several times a week, and the clinic is here 40 hours a week, then someone needs to be doing this work, FULL TIME.
That is how FLORIDA PREBORN RESCUE was born.
Since 2009, I have been going to the clinic on Central Avenue every Saturday morning. When I am full-time, I will be able to make this my full-time job, teaching and training other sidewalk counselors, and scheduling each clinic in the Tampa Bay area to have a pro-life presence every day that clinics are open.
Of course, this story would not be complete without my lovely and supportive wife Rebecca. We've been married since April 19, 2014 and enjoy life in St Petersburg, FL with our daughters, cat, and dog.