I’m a church planter, working to establish a new Evangelical Presbyterian congregation in Lorton, Virginia. We call ourselves the Church of the Occoquan Valley, and we are currently meeting for worship at 10:30 am at Yarbrough Park Business Center, 1549 Old Bridge Road, Suite 105 in Woodbridge.
I grew up in New Jersey, the grandson of Polish and Lithuanian Jewish immigrants, and became a Christian during my first year in college. Soon thereafter I discerned a call to the preaching of the gospel.
My passion is the Word of God and the truth of the gospel. I seek to communicate the revelation of salvation that was given through Israel and in Jesus Christ to all who will hear. I do so in preaching and teaching that lays open the Scripture in a way that even children understand. I’m what’s commonly called an expository preacher, meaning I prefer to follow in the footsteps of Calvin, Chrysostom, and other great preachers in going verse-by-verse, passage-by-passage through books of the Bible (I’m currently preaching from Acts).
I’m a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. I’m currently enrolled as a student in the Doctor of Ministry degree program at Trinity School for Ministry near Pittsburgh, where I’m planning on writing a thesis on expository preaching in church planting.
Among my interests and hobbies are chess (I was the 1993 United States Class B Champion), music (I play the autoharp in our praise band each Sunday), astronomy and cosmology, science fiction, and baseball, about which I know more than is probably healthy.