How did you end up at Higher Ground Church?
Attending a conference in 2006 through Great Commission Churches, I became aware of the need for a Youth Leader here at Higher Ground Church, then Valley View Community Church (VVCC). I inquired with the Pastor about the position at the church and was told to pray about the opportunity. After praying, I called and came for an initial visit to meet the Pastors and the youth of the church. I decided to take a step of faith, leaving all I knew in Maryland a few months later, to step through the open door that God had created at VVCC. I have been so blessed by God and this church and am thankful for the opportunity to minister here.
For 12 years now, I have been blessed to call Rebekah Snell my wife. She is my best friend and the mother of our seven children: Isabella, Karis, Addison, Levi, Lillian, Micah and Jonah.
My friend, Carl Weirks, who led me into a saving relationship with My Lord, Jesus Christ. My friend Josh vander Meer, who taught me how to walk in the truth with integrity and passion. My mentor, Herschel Martindale, who pointed me to the sufficiency of God’s grace and the importance of grounding your life in the truth of God’s Word. My wife, who keeps me grounded.
Family and helping others experience a real relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Bible, Knowing God by J.I. Packer
“When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.” –Abraham Kuyper
“It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” –speech from Theodore Roosevelt