About Me

Maybe it’s weird, but I have a motto: A pulse doesn’t mean you’re alive.

What gets me up in the morning is a desire to help people live out their faith in practical ways today. Plus, my three kids get up early and want breakfast!

I’m a husband, dad, and the pastor at Westminster Church in Barrie, Canada.

I love Jesus and how he is making all things new, my incredible wife and children, the Bible, writing a daily devotional called “Up!” (you can read current issues and/or sign up here), songwriting and ketchup chips.

I’ve been learning more about the modern evil called human trafficking and have been getting more involved. It’s the nightmare that isn’t a dream.

If you meet me at Starbucks I’ll be the one with the tall coffee and orange watch. My pet peeves are TVs in restaurants, wet socks and mosquitoes.

Oh, and one day I hope to own a rowboat. Just because it seems awesome.

At the end of 2018 I released my first book published by Ticket Books: “Up! – 313 Devotionals To Help You Start Your Day in a Biblical, Relevant Way.” You can learn more about it here. 100% of the profits from the book are being given to Fight4Freedom, an organization devoted to fighting human trafficking in the sex trade.

Over the past several years I’ve had the opportunity to speak to many different people — either through formal presentations or information conversations — and what I love most is when people, especially young people, start to light up when they realize that what the Bible teaches about Jesus, truth and love are actually true.

That changes everything.

I like to write. And in addition to my blog and daily devotionals, in the past few years I’ve had a variety of articles published by These Days Magazine, The Presbyterian Record, The Stream, and The Christian Courier.

I should also say that on my days off I like to wear track pants, play road hockey, and make pancakes. Sometimes they have chocolate chips. But only when I’m feeling crazy.

I’m a sinner. Did I mention that? Seriously, I am. Without God I am nothing, literally. Left to my own devices my life is characterized by selfishness. It’s just so tempting and appealing to do the easy thing instead of the right thing or the godly thing. I’d list a bunch of the things I struggle with, and the various ways I’ve messed up, but I just don’t feel like this is the place to get into all that. Let’s just say I’m a work in progress. Fortunately, God’s amazing grace through Jesus has redeemed me. Forever.

I was raised in Bracebridge, Ontario, and when I was young it was all about hockey. By high school it became all about music… and girls. I’ve worked as a rock musician and as a political aide at Queen’s Park. I hold a B.A. (York U, 1999, summa cum laude) and a Master of Divinity (U of T, Knox College, 2008, Gold Medal).

Here’s a few fun facts. I served as an extra in a Nicolas Cage movie when I was about ten; appeared as the guitar player in Deric Ruttan’s hit video “When You Come Around” (he’s my big bro!); performed at Canadian Music Week and two Mariposa Folk Festivals; did a 3-song publishing deal with Song / ATV Tree Music Publishing; and last year Blake Shelton replied to one of my tweets! (Yes, I realize that by saying this I’m a total nerd. Why do I think that is interesting to include in this bio?) In the winter my skin gets really dry, and I try to work out three times a week — but you should know that I almost never want to.

And then there’s this: I believe in prayer and that humans do have wings (they’re called knees); that human trafficking is one of the biggest, most urgent problems in our world; that the castle of your character is built one brick at a time; that if you have a life-changing faith your faith should be changing your life; and that you can’t lead from the middle.

Why not follow along with The Up Devotional? I have fun writing it, and I think you’ll be encouraged reading it.

My heroes are Jesus (from Nazareth), my wife (from my life), Thomas More (from the 16th century), and all the people whose faith makes a difference in the world each and every day.

My favourite Bible passages right now are John 10:10 and Mark 13:31. And also the book of James and Philippians and the Psalms and Colossians and…

If you want to contact me feel free to:

Please note that I’m currently on a 10-week mini-sabbatical, and won’t be back until after Easter 2019.

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