I am a man of many facets. I grew up in a classical Pentecostal home. We believe in the Trinity and the distinctive doctrine of speaking in tongues as the initial evidence of the baptism of the Spirit.
I finished high school with a sense of calling to the Mission Field. To this end, I went to Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (now known as Master’s College and Seminary) and took the Missions Major. This program allowed me to achieve my dream of visiting Africa. I lived in Nairobi, Kenya for a year and loved it.
I finished my degree and looked for the traditional method of achieving my dreams. This meant finding a position in a church to begin the process of ordination in my denomination. To avoid telling a long story here, I did not use the network connections I had to follow through. I gave up and skedaddled off to Seoul, Korea to teach English as a Second Language.
After that time away, I returned to my home province of New Brunswick, found a church position outside of my denomination. This also meant that my dreams of going as a denominational missionary went out the window. After a few months of pastoring, I realized that it was not what I wanted out of life. My view of missions has been evolving based on my travels and perspective I’ve gained during the course of my life.
I returned to university and fell into an Arts degree at St Thomas University, majoring in Political Science and Human Rights. I had always the interest in politics, but it was an interest, not where I saw my calling. As I studied (and continue to be involved politically), I learned much about my purpose and calling in life. I seek to help elect New Democrats to the New Brunswick legislature. If that includes me, then terrific.
Along the way, I would also consider the possibility of attending seminary to become an Anglican Priest. I have changed denominational affiliations along my life journey. That is quite the interesting story.
I am also working on developing my photography as a business. I’m learning the art of business, through employment at a contact centre for a major hospitality brand. I work with a variety of people, who challenge me to be better. I serve customers, internal and external, that stretch my imagination and capacity for service beyond what I thought possible.
My sense of mission in life has been redefined from the broad sense of travelling overseas to help those in need to the immediate sense of helping those in need around me. I volunteer, with people from my church, at the Fredericton Community Kitchen on a monthly basis. I work at my church each Sunday, serving the community of believers called the Church. I believe New Brunswick needs smart people to choose to stay and sacrifice their lives to build a better New Brunswick. The self-sacrifice made by our generation will help the generations to follow.