I’m 43 today.

I'm 43 today. A few years ago, my wife (Tracie) started a great family tradition. My brother built us this cool chalk board and Tracie texts family and friends and asks for positive words to describe the birthday person. It's super fun and super honoring. I'm 43 today. A few years ago I wrote THIS blog…

Happy Birthday to the most influential man in my life…my dad.

Happy Birthday Dad! Simply put...he's my hero. He's spent his entire life sacrificing for others. Put his dreams on hold and put his family first. My dad's faith is amazing. His knowledge of scripture is unreal. His wisdom is off the charts. He loves Jesus with his entire heart. My dad's love for his family is…

‘The Crazy Teenage Year’s’ with Rebekah and Jason Raitz.

This was a highlight for me! I am someone who absolutely loves being a dad. And, I have the honor of being the dad to 5 pretty amazing kids. Rebekah Raitz is an almost high school graduate, who in my opinion, has leadership gifts off the chart. We do our best to have an conversation…

16.2 Miles to raise $10,000 for Summer Camp! ONLY GOD! Apply for a Partial Scholarship Today

16.2 Miles! Before I talk about all that, here is the Scholarship Application from my 'Walk for Camp'... CLICK HERE This application is for any teenager to fill out. Yes, mom and dads, let your kids fill it out. Whether they attend Thrive or not. The scholarship just has to be used to attend a…

Sponsor miles for my ‘Walk for Camp’

On May 12th, 2018, I am walking 16.2 miles to raise money to help send teens to summer camp! Why 16.2 miles. Well, our student ministry (One Youth) is hosting a 5k fundraising event that day and it's 13 miles from my front door to the event. Add the events miles and bam...16.2 miles! So,…

To my Bekah Sue on your 18th Birthday!!

Dear Rebekah, Happy 18th Birthday!  I'm not quite sure how today happened. I can literally close my eyes and I’m in the hospital the day you were born. That day was pretty amazing. Your mom was a rock star! Your grandparents, aunts and uncles and a ton of people who loved you from your church.…

My 2nd VLOG ‘The BEST Trip EVER’ is up!

I had the BEST trip ever with Madison! We traveled to Newark, NJ and ended up in Mount Bethel, PA and I spoke for a bunch of Churches from Long Island, NY. Plus...I throw in a few tips on how to make trips memorable for your kids! Thanks for subscribing! Head HERE and push subscribe!…

Maybe our parenting approach is all wrong?!? Parenting and the Church pt. 1

My wife and I have 5 kids. We have 3 teenagers (17, 15, 13) and a 9 and 3.5 year old. Parenting is an important part of our lives. One of the most important. And, for the past 22 years, I have had the privilege to serve families in local churches and have had a…

10 Ways to Support your Church in the summer

Summer is AWESOME!! Many people get to vacation. They get to rest. They get to breathe a little bit. For some, life slows down a little bit. For others, it ramps up. For most Churches, things slow down in the summer. Which is good. People need to rest. BUT... If you're a fully devoted follower…

Thrive Church: 10 Ways You Can Support One Youth’s Big Stuf Trip…

In 22 days, Thrive Church is sending an amazing group of students and adults to Big Stuf! WOO HOO!! Ok, what's Big Stuf? Big Stuf is a summer camp/conference for middle and high schools in Panama City Beach, FL. Incredible times of worship, inspired bible teaching, breakouts, group activities, bonding with small groups and the…