TESTIMONY – HOW I BECAME A CHRISTIAN
Growing up, my family was not a regular “Church going family”; occasionally we attended the Catholic Church. It wasn’t until 1997 when my wife, Debra, and I had our first child and experienced that miracle that I really had a motivating experience to move me to understanding. My wife had been a regular church attendee when she was younger. Over the next few years and the miracle of another child, I really began to see God working in our lives. God was there all along! In 2001 we moved back to Kalkaska and became members of KCC serving with various roles over the years.
I was born in Rogers City, MI and in the Mid 70’s my family moved to the Kalkaska Area where I attended and graduated from Kalkaska Public Schools in 1988. My wife Debra (Ball) and I met in high school and married in July 1991. We have two grown children, Alexander and Kelsey, and we are very proud of them and things God is doing in their lives.
OCCUPATION & SEASONS
I retired from the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division in 2008. I finished out my career as a Sergeant, Conservation Officer and Field Coordinator of the Hunter Education Program. I began a career in the directional drilling industry of the oil field and worked my way up to be the Director of US Operations and Development for a directional services company which relocated our family to Oklahoma City.
We met some incredible people during that season and had the opportunity to become involved in Life Church and their ministries. With the crash of the oil industry and Covid-19 grasping the world in early 2020, we lost my employment and God showed us his incredible mercy. Within days a new opportunity presented itself back home in Kalkaska, I interviewed, and the process was paused within hours after the interview. We listed our home in Oklahoma and sold it in 42 days. Within 20 minutes of receiving the offer to purchase, I received a call advising the hiring process for the position here in Northern Michigan was restarting and on the day of our house appraisal, in true 2020 fashion, participated in a Zoom Interview with executives from ALRO Steel. Two days later, a negotiation for what has become my third career field began.
We recently, on New Years Day 2021, moved into our new home on property which has been in the family for over 40 years. God brought us back home to Northern Michigan for a new season.
Hiking, cooking, hunting & fishing, and long drives!!!
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES
My favorite verses in the Bible are found in 1 Corinthians 13:13 (Love) and Matthew 22 36-40 (Love your God, Love your neighbor), Hello Neighbor!