1. Where are you from, and in what ways do you lead children? How long have you done it?
I am originally from Long Island, NY but currently live in Maine. I am a father of three children and am married for going on 13 years. I, along with my wife, led our Children’s Ministry here at the Vineyard Portland for one year which she now leads on her own. I handle our outreach endeavors which includes the adoption of a local school. I have done that for one year in my role as the assistant pastor.
Not sure I have ever officially done that but my personality type is Choleric-Sanguine.
3. If you had to pick, what's one thing all/most children's leaders (on any level) should do?
Listen to Wes Stafford of Compassion International share his heart on children. It is mind-blowing!
4. Should never do? (Do share your juicy stories)
Betray their trust. There is so much out there competing for their time, energy and money—we need to let them know they can trust us always!
5. Other than faith, what's the one thing you'd like to pass along to your kids?
Taking risks in going for the dreams God has put inside of them.
6. One thing you'd do this year for kids if you had unlimited time, money, and energy?
I would develop a two-prong organization with centers all over the U.S. (to begin with) that gave children the opportunity to have their practical needs met along with instruction and guidance on living their lives for the dreams God put inside of them. Dreams are often lost on the children and youth of the world. I want more kids to grow up with the ability to go after the dreams God has given them and not allow the hindrances of their socioeconomic status’ to hold them back.
7. How about your biggest strength and weakness as a leader?
Biggest strength is being able to communicate effectively and biggest weakness is not knowing when to be quiet sometimes. Greatest strength can also be a glaring weakness!