I find Chandler to be a great community in which to serve. Serving is what I am about. I am in the middle of my second term as a Council member and in the middle of my second opportunity to serve as Vice Mayor. Ten years ago, the thought of serving on City Council, Vice Mayor and as Chandler’s next mayor was not in my mind.
At that time, I had been a pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship for over two decades and engaged in volunteering, serving on boards and commissions, coaching at the YMCA and raising a family. Nine years ago, an opportunity opened to serve as an interim Councilmember. After consulting with my family, congregation leaders and friends, I applied for the position. I was chosen to serve. Many of the skills essential to serving as a pastor: listening, doing the research, treating people with respect, and making long term decisions to benefit the community were the same.
I would like to share a defining moment of mine that prompted my commitment to civic engagement in Chandler. About twenty years ago, a young man was murdered on a sidewalk close to my office early one morning. The reason? He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. His death haunted me. “We are better than this; our community deserves safe streets and neighborhoods“, I thought. I raised money for his burial and demanded action at a City Council meeting. The neighborhood is safer now, blood no longer stains a sidewalk.
Since that event, I have sought to engage and lead anywhere to improve our city. I continue to serve as Lead Pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler. At the end of this blog, I will list areas where I currently and have served in our community, for those who want the details.
- Director of For Our City – Chandler. This is a collaborative effort of government, business, nonprofit and faith leaders gathered to find Chandler solutions for Chandler’s challenges.
- Co-chair of the Continuum of Care Regional Committee to End Homelessness for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG).
- Treasurer of the Valley’s Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA)
- Boardmember: MAG’s Economic Development Committee,
- Board member: Valley Metro Light rail.
- Boardmember: Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona (DCFA),
- Volunteer with American Cancer Society
- Member of the Public Policy Committee with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce
- Literacy advocate at Galveston Elementary School for the past twelve years.
- Board member with Chandler’s Sister City Program in Tullamore, Ireland; and Tainan, Taiwan.
I have served in the following positions:
- Commissioner on the Chandler Planning and Zoning Commission,
- Chairman of Chandler Human Relations Commission, c
- Chairman of the 2010 Complete Count Committee,
- Member of a previous Charter Revision Committee
- Ex official member of Chandler Airport Commission.
- Executive board of the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA),
- Soccer coach with the Chandler YMCA
- Board Officer with Chandler’s first traditional neighborhood association, Arrowhead Meadows
- Commissioner with the Governor’s commission on Faith and Communities
- Committee member on a Congressional District 5 Committee on Faith and Neighborhoods.
- Married to Lynne for more than 35 years
- Four children: Nathan, Aleah, Katelyn and Zachary and three grandchildren, Micah, Madelynn and Benjamin.
- BS in Biochemistry from University of Missouri, Columbia
- Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary
- Took every conversational Spanish offered at Chandler Gilbert Community College
- Flinn Brown Arizona Center for Civic Leadership Fellow
- Communication and Leadership Award from District 3 Toast Masters
- Sought after speaker