Renée and I were married in 1997 and have six children. We are originally from Saskatchewan and still have most of our extended family living in the “land of the living skies”.
When I left home and went to university in Saskatoon, CCO played an important role in my faith. I met CCO Founder, André Regnier, and many other attractive, enthusiastic young people that had something different about them. I came to understand that the difference was their relationship with Jesus – having him at the center of their lives. Halfway through my first year of studies, I was brought to a point where I wanted to know if God was real. So I prayed a simple prayer, “Lord, if you are real, prove it, reveal yourself to me.” While at that moment there were no earthquakes or fireworks, in the days and weeks that followed God answered my prayer. I came to know and experience Jesus in a deep and personal way. Since that moment of commitment, I have sought to live my life centered on Jesus and committed in faith.
I convocated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology and began working with CCO. I have been the President of CCO since 2001, having previously served as CCO’s Saskatoon Director. Over the years, the movement has experienced significant growth throughout Canada as well as been involved in many international projects and collaborations. I have had the opportunity to speak and train people throughout the world on many topics including faith formation, leadership, life balance, strategic planning, personal development, character formation, etc.
In working with international Catholic leaders, I have been blessed to see how many of the resources that CCO developed out of a need for effective tools on campus, have been deeply appreciated and utilized by many others. CCO Faith study materials, the Ultimate Relationship Booklet, and others, have been requested all over the world and used in other youth, parish and various outreach settings. Leaders have expressed their appreciation for these materials and have helped to get them translated into numerous languages. In this way, CCO’s campus mission has overflowed into providing a blessing outside itself.
As a staff member with CCO, I have personally grown in many ways. My faith has been strengthened tremendously. I have seen God provide for our family’s needs. I have seen God work in the hearts of people whom others had thought were hopeless. I have learned to pray and rely upon the Lord much more. I have grown significantly as a leader, both in practical skills and expertise, but also through the experience of growing an organization. I have also been blessed significantly in the numerous friendships and connections with people – literally thousands – that I have made throughout Canada and the world.
The greatest highlights of my missionary service always involve individuals. Listening to a student give a testimony of how their life has been changed forever by Christ and then seeing this impact their decisions about career, family, service, etc., is truly inspiring.
ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS
Leadership is both a privilege and a responsibility. I appreciate the prayers of others for me and our missionary family, as we endeavor to follow God’s call in our lives. Please pray for wisdom and humility in leadership for the movement, for our family, and for those we serve.