When did you become a Christian?
I became a Christian in 1989 when I was 19.
Are you married? How many kids?
Nova and I have been married for 18 years and we have two kiddos—a 13-year-old boy, Elisha, and a 19-month-old girl, Shiloh.
How did you meet your wife?
I met Nova in College. She was so beautiful, I thought she just had to be pagan.
So who liked who first?
Well, I think I would have liked her first, but I didn’t think a girl that beautiful would fall for me. In fact, because I knew her brother and had been introduced to her, all the guys who I was in college with were asking me to set them up with her. So I did. Several months later, one of my friends came up to me and said, “Hey dummy, it’s you she wants to date.” I couldn’t believe it.
Would she agree with this story?
Yes. She said she knew she knew she was going to marry me before I knew her name.
When and how did you hear the call to the ministry?
The night I got saved, I knew I was headed for ministry.
Did your appointment to be the East County campus pastor come as a shock?
I’ve been in fulltime ministry for 23 years. Nothing surprises me anymore.
Did you say, “Oh, great!" or, “Oh, no!"?
At the time, I was perfectly happy living downtown, but we have since fallen in love with East County. It’s San Diego’s best-kept secret.
How is it going over there?
The Lord is blowing our mind! We are bursting at the seams and the Lord is doing some major work there.
How has the community responded to the fact that Rock Church moved in?
We have been welcomed with open arms. From local pastors, to CoCo’s (our neighbor), to the Mayor of El Cajon!
So if you weren’t a pastor, what would you be?
I always dreamed about being an FBI agent doing spy stuff with cool gadgets! I’d be, Agent P.
So this is a complete 180. You do nothing in secret and you have no cool gadgets?
But I’m still an agent.
“P” for pastor?
Works for me.