I am a man of many facets. I grew up in a Christian home, which meant attending a Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada church. The beliefs of the denomination included the doctrine of 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 as a denominational missionary. This meant finding a position in a church to begin the process of ordination in my denomination. Without utilizing the connections I had to find a church position, I struck out to find my own path, seeking adventure in 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 overseas 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 evolved based on my travels and perspective I’ve gained in my life’s journey.
I returned to university and completed an Arts degree at St Thomas University, majoring in Political Science and Human Rights. I had always an interest in politics, but it was an interest, not where I saw my calling. As I studied, I learned much about my mission in life. Full disclosure of partisan bias, I am a New Democrat, seeking to elect MLAs and MPs in New Brunswick.
Along the way, I have considered the possibility of attending seminary to become an Anglican Priest. I changed denominational affiliations along my life journey. That is quite the interesting story, and the story continues.
I am also working on developing my photography as a business. I’m learning the art of business, by working in the hospitality industry. Working at a hotel stretches my imagination and capacity for service beyond what I thought possible.
My sense of mission in life is one of community building and service. I believe New Brunswick needs smart people to choose to stay and give their lives to build a better New Brunswick. The bold choices made by our generation will help the generations to follow.