I married Julie in October of 2008. We have been foster parents since early 2015 and adopted our daughter in 2016.
I was born in Hawaii and lived there for 10 years until moving to Sonoma County, so I usually say Santa Rosa is my hometown. After moving away for college and thinking I would never end up here again, I felt God call me back to Sonoma County in 2007.
I love creative endeavors, mostly photography and making electronic music on my computer. I also enjoy the great outdoors--especially kayaking and hiking. Traveling new places is always fun. I spend a lot of time in my garden and playing with my daughter.
I love all sorts of music, but especially enjoy alternative stuff and worship music. Some of my favorites are: Switchfoot/Jon Foreman, Hillsong United and Hillsong Young & Free, All Sons & Daughters, Phil Wickham, Rend Collective, Gungor.
The Resurrection of the Son of God (N.T. Wright), After You Believe (Wright), The Day the Revolution Began(Wright), The Cost of Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer), The Crucified God (Jurgen Moltmann), With and Futureville (Skye Jethani), Working the Angles and Under the Unpredictable Plant (Eugene Peterson), Desiring the Kingdom (James K.A. Smith), Water to Wine (Brian Zahnd), and any classic literature I can download for free on Kindle.
Renee and I married in 1981 in Honolulu, Hawaii, where we both grew up. Renee and all of our children were born there.
I was born in Japan, and lived in 8 different places by 5th grade, but Honolulu was my hometown for 28 years, until God brought us to Sonoma County in 1994. It wasn’t long before this became home; we love it here and can see staying here the rest of our lives.
If it has to do with water, I love it: sailing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming, bodysurfing, snorkeling… I don’t get in or on the water enough, but I still love it! I also love electronic gadgets like computers and smartphones, and I find yardwork at home relaxing.
My #1 choice is worship music turned way up in the car. Hillsong United, Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, and David Crowder are all on the mp3 player in my phone. I also like oldies from the 70’s, and much to my family’s chagrin, enjoy country music on the radio in my truck.
1 Peter 4:11
If you speak, you should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If you serve, you should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.