I’ve had an interest in music since I was young. I had the opportunity to start piano classes in my elementary years, which moved to drums in high school, and transitioned to guitar in my senior year of high school. Guitar quickly became my instrument of choice.
I decided to go to college at Kentucky Christian College (now University) because of their music program. I wanted to minister through music. During my time at KCC I had the opportunity to explore different genres of music during my study of music, playing bass and guitar in the jazz band for 4 years, working in the midi lab to experiment and compose full instrumentation arrangements, playing in various worship services, and even trying my hand at some nylon string Spanish guitar with the orchestra for the school’s presentation of Man of La Mancha.
During my time there I was led to gather a group of guys together for a coffee house ministry in Chesapeake, OH. That group of guys became the original fishHook, a ministry that would continue for the next 8 years. fishHook ministries produced 3 albums, 2 of original material and 1 worship album. We centered our travel around Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, branching out as far south as Florida, as far west as Texas, as far north as Maryland, and as far east as North Carolina. We shared with many teens and adults, and had the opportunity to be involved in many life changing situations, some resulting in baptisms, some resulting in decisions to go into full time ministry, and a number of various other Kingdom results. In 2004 we shared in our last concert and ministry experience as a group.
Today I keep up with some of my gifts by occasionally filling in for our worship band at church as needed, most often playing piano or drums, sometimes filling in on bass, and on special occations getting a chance to dust the Les Paul off and play guitar for a Youth Sunday or play some Christmas songs on the Ovation.