I joined the Woodland Park Staff:
MDiv. Western Seminary. MBA Oregon State University. BA Oregon State University. BS Oregon State University.
When I was in 5th grade, growing up in southern Oregon, my best friend invited me to church. I always knew there was something else “out there” beyond what I could see and touch. However, I didn’t know what it was until my friend’s pastor shared the Gospel with me in a clear and understandable way. It was in that moment I realized that the “something else out there” was actually a “someone:” Jesus! I realized that He loved me enough to die for me on the cross and that He was powerful enough to rise again on the third day. In that moment, I put my full trust in him and and have been following Him ever since.
It was at Oregon’s own Camp Arrah-Wanna where I first felt the Lord calling me into vocational ministry. Since then, I have been fired up to serve Christ through our American Baptist Churches and in partnership with other believers who share similar passions for sharing God’s love with our world. Though God has called me to serve in other places, including Nebraska, Bolivia, and Mexico, the Northwest has always held a special place in my heart. That is why I am so excited and humbled to help share the gospel with a new generation in the great city of Portland and in my home state of Oregon.
My wife Lisa Toupin, and sons Levi, Josh, Oscar, and daughter Lucy.
Before serving at Woodland Park, I was blessed to serve as Lead Pastor of the diverse and vibrant congregation of First Baptist Church Omaha, in the state of Nebraska. I also served as Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Oregon City, where among other things I worked with an amazing group of youth and young adults from that church and others throughout the great state of Oregon. Before that, I worked in international education for the Oregon State University system. Believe it or not, I also used to be a dishwasher, a head cook, an accountant, a bank teller, a retail cashier, and a university Spanish instructor!
Papa, my grandfather who was a Pearl Harbor survivor.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
That I prefer rain to sunshine (I am an Oregonian, after all!)
The Bible (typical pastor answer, I know, but it’s true!)
Sports team/sport: Soccer…GO TIMBERS!
Running marathons and half marathons, eating enough good food to be able to do so.
Colossians 1:13-14 “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (NIV)
Qui (aka Bolivian Guinea Pig Fricassee)
Place in the World: