My earliest memories as a kid were mostly outdoors. Indiana summers were awesome while growing up. We’d get out the “Wolco” pool from the garage, fill it up to the brim, and let time melt away. I’ll always remember Mom and Dad working hard in the thriving vegetable garden while my sister and I planted sunflowers that grew over 10 feet tall! We even had a 9-hole putting green in our back yard (My dad was crazy about golf)!
My parents took me to my first drum lesson when I was about 4. After the lesson, the instructor said, “I can’t teach him anything, he’ll never be a musician!” That was my last lesson…for a while. I then started following my sister to all of her band competitions, dreaming of one day playing marching snare for Lafayette Jefferson HS. Between air drumming to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” and watching Louie Bellson on The Tonight Show, drumming was quickly becoming a passion.
In the middle of all this excitement, I answered the call of the Creator to pursue music for a life in ministry. After high school, I started attending church regularly at Purdue Christian Campus House. I met God there and surrendered my life to Him. Through community, missions, the Word, and worship, this church prepared me for a life of ministry.
I met Alain of 1000 Generations while playing at a “House of Prayer” Conference in Indianapolis. He was pretty good (being from France and all)! He was kind enough to mention my name to Steven and Amanda when they were forming the band. Not long after, I met them at a Fazoli’s in Indianapolis! I got a free dinner out of it (or wait, did I pay for them?). Hmmm…anyway…I’m loving this life of ministry with some of the best people in the world.
God has also blessed me with the most amazing wife (Erin) and two beautiful girls (Selah and Aria) to share life with. On shorter trips, they’re on the road with us too, which is always great. So, there you have it: my history in the making…