For 18 years of my life I attended a comfortable Baptist Church. My life started in the spring of 2003. I was driving north bound on route 46 in Jefferson, OH, when I passed the Nassief Automotive hiring sign and felt a pull, so I turned around. I went back, turned into the parking lot, walked into the door, and at that point met my future pastor, Scott C. Ardary.
Up until this point I had been in my third place of employment since I was 13 years old, which was Applebee’s in Ashtabula, OH. I had fallen away from Church and had fallen deep into sin. I was deep into pornography, I was trying to fit in at work so I started to take smoke breaks, and I was drinking at weddings and where ever there was alcohol sitting in front of me. I was having relationship problems and continued to sink fast, but God began to pull on my heart!
After I met Pastor Scott C. Ardary, I was hired at Nassief within days and I entered into the business world. I started to feel comfortable with him as my boss and began talking about certain issues with him. One day as Pastor Ardary was trying to witness to another manager, I started to stick my nose into the conversation. I was spiritually hungry, I was curious, and I was ready to get back into Church. In the summer of 2003, I walked into the Pentecostal Community Church for the first time and I loved it! I start to get more involved at the Church. The year progressed and around August I began to talk with Pastor Ardary about my future.
I was scheduled to attend Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. I was accepted into the PGA program in the spring of 2003. I went with my father to this school to try out on the golf course with the head PGA professional. I would have had the opportunity to intern at Pine Hurst Golf Course in North Carolina. I could have had a condo for the summer and during the internship. The package was presented in a great way and I was signed up to go!
After talking with my Pastor, I decided that going to North Carolina was not what God wanted for me. At this point, in July of 2003, I started working with the Sr. Youth Group at the Church. I stayed in Ohio and started to commit more of myself to God. God had a bigger plan for me and everything started to unfold after this. I was married to my beautiful wife on June 4th, 2005. We lived in Willoughby, OH, which was closer to our jobs, but after one year I felt a strong pull from God; We decided to move back closer to the Church because the drive and the distance was too far for what God had planned.
Roaming Shores, OH was where we would be planted for the next three years. In the summer of 2007 I was humbled to receive the title of youth pastor. After having our son, I felt yet another strong pull from God. We decided that it was time to down size and minimize all payments to get deeper into God’s work. In March of 2009, we moved into a lower level apartment to help cut costs. My wife stood strong beside me because she knew that I had a calling on my life. I continued to work with the youth at the same capacity and strive daily to be in God’s perfect will. I moved my place of employment to Western Reserve Farm Coop to have more time at the Church, knowing that God had his hand in our life. I waited and continued to labor for his Kingdom. In May of 2011, God blessed us with an incredible home and I now only work a few hours a week as a bus driver. I am currently full time in the Church, being the youth pastor and assisting Pastor Ardary in any way that I can. God is continuing to give blessings every step of the way, I have truly been transformed and I am continuing to answer the call!