I moved my family from Silicon Valley to Roseville in 1990 so my wife Lee could be a stay-at-home mom and I could be a proactive dad in raising our two sons.
Lee and I have been married 32 years and have raised two fantastic boys into outstanding Christian men. My older son Nick, now 30, graduated from California Baptist University, is now a Field Supervisor for Alpha One Ambulance in Sacramento, and is engaged to Natalie to be married in August 2018. My younger son Thomas, now 28, graduated from Biola University, received his MBA from Concordia University, and is now a General Manager for Target in Riverside, CA.
I had a successful career in healthcare culminating as the CFO of Diasonics, a Fortune 500 company. I formed Counterpart Capital in Roseville and completed over 40 healthcare IT mergers or acquisitions, including three acquisitions for AmerisourceBergen, a Fortune 20 company. In addition, I was hired to turn around several businesses in Silicon Valley and in the Sacramento region.
I came to know Jesus on September 9, 1993 and was blessed to be discipled for 15 years by a member of Navigators, Dwight Hill. Dwight spent 4 hours a month guiding me through the fundamentals of how to know God and study His Word, encouraging me, speaking into my life, sharing things to watch out for along the way, and praying for me faithfully.
God guided me to form Shoulder to Shoulder (STS) in 1995, which initiated the Point Man Breakfast Series that reached 25,000 men in our region. In 2003, I retired from the business world and was selected to be the Pastor for Men at Adventure Christian Church. There God guided me to develop and implement a transformational, discipleship-based ministry that touched the hearts of men. In our first recruiting service, 300 men signed up to have their lives transformed in our 3-year discipleship course.
In 2006, I became a Navigator myself and focused my attention toward the fatherlessness in Sacramento’s inner city. We created Freedom Hall, an after-school ministry in Del Paso Heights, which was launched in 2007. By 2017, we had 75 Christian men mentoring fatherless young boys to break the cycle of fatherlessness in their family, and several women provided care for their moms.
I stepped down as CEO and board member of STS on March 31, 2017 to enable my replacement, Richard Moore, to have full rein to build upon the platform which God had created. Stepping down allowed me to focus my efforts on expanding discipleship in our region.
I have discipled close to 50 businessmen since 1995 and now disciple 9 men ranging from 22 to 55. Many of them suffered from the “missing man” in their life and lack of affirmation from their father while growing up, in addition to lacking a model of what a great marriage looks like. God has filled my heart with the desire to disciple men, equipping me with experience and knowledge through being discipled so I can pay it forward to others.