More About Me

The Daddy

I'm the proud papa of three beautifully and wonderfully made children; Nicholas, Abigail, and Penelope. They keep me on my toes but I wouldn't trade a minute for the world. How can little humans be so cool?

The Husband

My wife Stephanie is kind of a big deal. We've been through thick and thin and I can't imagine existence without her. Looking forward to the next umpteen years together. Forever and longer. Just like I wrote in her yearbook in high school.

The Engineer

I graduated in 2006 from the University of Maryland and have been engineering roadways ever since. I love the challenges, unique problems, collaboration, and finished projects that the civil engineering world offers. It's an amazing feeling to see something that started on paper come to fruition.

The Guitarist

I picked up an acoustic guitar during Sophomore year of college and was hooked. I've got a Gibson Les Paul Special w/ Humbuckers, an Orange Micro Terror 20w Head, an Orange 1x12" cabinet, a Big Muff Pi, and a Boss GT-6 effects board. I also own a few acoustic guitars including a Takamine Acoustic-Electric and a Little Martin.

My Testimony

I see no point in beating around the bush or trying to keep anything secret about how I came to really know the Lord. So here goes...

I grew up in a Christian household (Catholic) where faith was important to us, but not necessarily paramount. As I moved into my high school years, I attended a Catholic school and my relationship with Jesus Christ became closer. I looked to make Christ more and more a part of my life by joining the CYO groups, being a Campus Minister, being a Eucharistic Minister, volunteering for service activities, attending optional retreats that were Christ-centered, attending the Baltimore Youth Catholic Conference, and attending two of the National Catholic Youth Conferences. The first time I really felt a strong, special connection with Christ was when I was in attendance at the NCYC in St. Louis in my sophomore year of high school. I was going through a bit of rough times and being there really changed things for me. All the leaders were on fire for the Lord. The music and worship, silent times of prayer and reflection, and the contagious zest for Christ were overwhelming me. I knew at that time, more than ever before, that Christ was real and loved me.

As I’m sure you well know, Catholicism is centered on a works-based salvation. About the time I graduated high school and moved out of my parents’ house, the scandals within the Catholic Church really became more and more frequent and, to me, terrible. I grew apart from the church, and I let my connection with God and Jesus Christ slip away to more of a distant friendship. Some parts of my life took a negative turn, which I now look back and realize the root cause was my separation from the Lord. Our marriage was on the rocks and it took a wild change to fix that.

Steph and I started the adoption process while we were living in Tampa. I was definitely reluctant at first, but she never let off the gas. As we went through the classes the stories and facts often moved me to tears. I realized then that God had more important plans for me than what I was currently doing. So, I stuck with the process. About a year and a half later, we met Nicholas on a Friday at a McDonald’s after a phone call the previous night asking if we’d like to meet this little guy. Our life was forever changed. We truly feel that he was a gift from God that renewed our faith and changed the course of our marriage and lives. I think it’s no accident that his birthday is 3/16.

Shortly after adopting Nicholas we moved to York to be closer to family and friends. We had been looking around to find some roots in a church that wasn’t Catholic, but suited our needs and wants and had a strong group of believers. A flyer ended up in our mailbox about mom-n-me and we started attending Church of the Open Door in York to see what it was all about. I’ll admit some of the teachings were quite a bit different than what we’d been raised on. But, to me, they just made sense. I love the Bible-based teachings and it was through COD that I have trusted Christ as a salvation through faith alone, and not based on my works & deeds. Ever since we started attending COD, I have entered into a fantastic relationship with God and have fully trusted that Jesus Christ is my salvation. He is the way, the truth, and the life.

I’ve always believed that Christ is our savior, so it is difficult for me to pick out just one event that really was a defining moment in my life. I believe that it doesn’t have to be a single moment though. I believe that He can work in hearts over time, and for semi-stubborn folks like me, that is exactly what we need. By His design.