Fresh out of high school I headed into university convinced that I needed to be a mechanical engineer. 2 semesters later I was on academic probation and wrestling with the conclusion that I was going to need to satisfy my love of designing creative solutions to complex problems somewhere else!
The tragic death of a friend in this season helped me pay attention to what I came to understand as my calling.
I began to appreciate that I was here to help people unleash their potential.
This calling was fine tuned over the next 25 years as I had the opportunity to provide spiritual care and leadership as a youth pastor and a lead pastor. From congregational care I then was given the privilege of managing a halfway house where I learned how to help men transition back into the community after prison. From there I was general manager of a private residential treatment centre for men struggling with mental health and addiction.
One of the unique threads that has been woven into every season of my calling is the power of experiential learning. I love to create shared learning experiences. I have designed and facilitated many life-changing cross-cultural trips, retreats and camps but nothing has been as powerful as canoe-trips. There is something about shared adventure that pulls us out of our comfort zone and opens us up to an remarkable capacity for growth.
In 2019 I finished my Masters in Theological Studies from Tyndale University College and Seminary and am currently finishing up my Masters in Counselling. I look forward to qualifying as a Psychotherapist (CRPO) in the near future.
My wife and I have been married for 27 years and we have 3 adult boys and 2 grandkids.
While I often work with people who have been shaped by the Christian tradition of spirituality, I work with just as many who don't identify with any formal spirituality.
I look forward to helping you find your way forward!