In my senior year of high school, I recommitted my life to Jesus Christ at a Christian concert. I was encouraged to study the Bible, pray daily and find others who were doing the same. Looking for Christian fellowship upon entering the University of Florida became a priority. Siva, a UF student who was originally from India, befriended me. We got together to pray and study the Bible with a few other freshmen involved in Gator Christian Life. I began to understand what I had been missing. He asked if I wanted to meet once a week to share the Gospel with UF students using a spiritual interest questionnaire. Learning how to effectively share my faith with others was a new and exciting experience. In 1991, I was invited to attend a summer program called Leadership Training (LT) held in Washington DC. After the summer of intense Bible teaching, challenging work experience, and evangelism training, I sensed the Lord calling me towards missions.
Over the next three summers, God confirmed that He was preparing me for full-time Christian service. My mother’s relocation to Jacksonville and a job in business first brought me to Christian Family Chapel in September 1996 where I served in both the college and singles ministry. By the summer of 1998, I returned to UF as a full-time missionary. In January 2001, CFC officially commended me as a missionary. Later that same year, a UF student’s mother from Spain introduced Dámaris and me by email. An amazing friendship developed between us and we married in the summer of 2003. When Dámaris came to UF, she instantly fit in with the team and served with me in the ministry for five years there. She is a gifted teacher, administrator and hostess.
For over a decade at UF, the Lord had prepared me for cross-cultural missions. Some of the ways have been through leading multiple short-term mission teams to Latin America and Europe, establishing an International Student Ministry at UF and marrying an international wife! Since being ordained as a campus pastor in November 2005, we have been convinced that the most effective way to fulfill the Great Commission is by planting churches. The Lord has opened a door for us to plant a campus church in Pamplona, Spain that has a college student population of 28,000 with no other evangelical ministry. We moved to Pamplona in September 2008 and have been building a church plant team, holding weekly on-campus Bible studies and reaching out to both campuses.