Title: Director of creative arts at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, West Palm Beach.
Other job experience: Composer and musician with Immanuel Records, Deltona; leader of Frank Carter Band.
Other community posts: Music composer, Emmaus and Chrysalis.
Education: Bachelor's degree in classical piano, Hobe Sound Bible College; master's degree in church music, with piano performance certificate, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,Louisville, Ky.
Personal: Age 34. Born in Rock Island, Ill., raised in Indiana.
Family: Married to Brooke, a student at Palm Beach State College.
How did you get into your vocation?
When I was with the independent record label, I had an opportunity to play a gig with the band here. The worship leader left, and the lead pastor at the time asked me to come here.
How has it worked out for you?
When I was first hired at the church here, I still felt that part of what I was supposed to do was using my talents outside the church. They had no problem, as long as I was fulfilling my job at church. So I'm still in the studio, recording for an album. We've put out two albums with the label. We've also played Christmas at CityPlace.
Do you have an overall philosophy of ministry?
I feel like ministry shouldn't be cookie cutter. The church right now is being redefined. We can't do it the same as 15 years ago. Jesus Christ is still the center. But beyond that, things are changing in society with things we relate to, the sounds we hear. Our goal is to connect with people and help them feel the love of God the way we do.
How do you like to relax?
I like to run. I did a Race for Faith, a fundraiser for [Christian radio station] WAY-FM, three or four years ago.
What's your favorite vacation spot?
Mountains would be at the top of my list. Second would be anyplace weird and off the chain, like a hotel under the ocean.
I enjoy checking out new technology. A few months ago I heard on NPR about the discovery of graphene by the Russians. They say it's going to replace silicon chips on computers. It can be atomic thinness and keep its qualities. It will make possible paper-thin computers.
What book have you been recommending lately?
Pretty much anything by C. S. Lewis, like "Mere Christianity" and "A Grief Observed."
Also "The Case for a Creator," by Lee Strobel. It's really scientific in its approach. There's a false philosophy that science and God are incompatible. Strobel shows that true science and God go together.
Have you written any books?
"The Girl in the Tower," a fairy tale from the knight's perspective about how he wins girl: Fight dragons, go through fire swamps. I have to write a sequel about after the rescue.
Do you have any favorite TV shows?
It sounds crazy, but I really love reruns of "Monk." The guy has obsessive-compulsive disorder, but has an amazing gift in his field. He's a complete genius, but with everyday things, he struggles.
How about favorite film(s)?
It's a tie between "Gladiator" and "Braveheart." They make a man feel like, "Yeah, I can do anything!" But my favorite now is "Tangled," the Rapunzel story. I liked the way it was put together.
Favorite music? Favorite performer(s)?
Classically, Chopin. And Russian composers like Rachmaninoff. For Christian contemporary music, Chris Tomlin, Steve Fee and Matt Redman. I also like Skillet and Third Day. I still think Michael W. Smith is amazing. and strange as it may seem, I like Avril Lavigne's early stuff.
If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
One is, "Was it seven literal days that you created the universe? And are you still creating universes out there? And are there people on other planets?"
Something most people don't know about you?
When I was a teenager, Dad and I restored 1957 Chevy Apache from the ground up. I was never interested in mechanics, but I look back and I'm proud of that.
What do you wish people understood about you?
Probably every musician would say this: Sometimes the way you think about something is not the way other people would. Like the way people expect the stage to look. You think of a different way to make it look, and someone complains. I wish everyone was excited about change.
Is there one thing you can't stand?
Being in a building and it starts pouring rain and I don't have an umbrella.
Motto, or favorite scripture verse?
Psalms 45:1: "My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer."
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