Greg, born and raised in rural Washington, spent eight years after high school up and down the West Coast of the U.S. from school in southern California, then Washington, to work in the Bay Area to school again in Vancouver until the last eight years in Bellevue, WA. After an authentic conversion experience at a youth camp as a 12 year-old Greg’s faith didn’t significantly deepen until his senior year in college. Up until then relationship with God was about being nice and primarily an intellectual assent to certain beliefs. This left a shallow foundation when it came to facing the realities of life and led him to search afresh for God in college. After looking into different religions, traveling to different parts of the world and questioning many of his assumptions about life, Greg had an encounter with hearing God’s voice that he couldn’t intellectually deny and led him to rethink everything. God was in the room, now what? This led to a season of God significantly softening Greg’s heart and began a growing awareness of God’s presence physically. As these tangible encounters with God’s love and power intensified Greg began to hear God say “I’ve shown this to you, now I want you to show it to people in the church”. What initially was a ‘Peter getting out the boat and standing on water’ type of experience became a more abiding reality as Greg learned how to give away and share what was in him with others, not just in church settings, but in everyday life.
- Ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament, Presbyterian Church (USA)
- Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry, First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 2004-2012
- University Ministries Associate, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 2000-2002
- University Ministries Student Intern, University Presbyterian Church, 1999-2000
- Missional engagement in Central America, Africa, North America and Europe and pastor/leader training seminars in DRCongo and Sierra Leone.
- Various jobs in sales, service industry, maintenance and healthcare
- Master of Divinity, Regent College
- Postgraduate Diploma in Biblical Theology, University of St Andrews
- BA in Comparative History of Ideas, University of Washington