My primary role is to lead Redemption Church West Mesa. I am trying to build the church from the ground up by the power of Jesus who builds his Church. My primary task is to equip the church for works of service. This means I am trying to keep people on mission, proclaiming the gospel, making disciples, & living for God’s glory. I am responsible for the organization of the church, communication, budget, Sunday Worship, Redemption Communities, etc. I am also the primary preaching pastor.
I was born & raised in Arizona, I am the oldest of 11 siblings, and grew up relatively unchurched. I had brief experiences in church growing up & even believe in a god but didn’t know Jesus. Growing up I never heard of grace all I heard was what you had to do & how if you screw up you are a back-slider, because of this I thought that you had to clean yourself up to work your way to heaven. I wanted nothing to do with this as I got into my teen years. I wanted to have fun and worry about the religious stuff later.
My freshman year in High School I was invited to Young Life & attended their Summer camp in northern California called Woodleaf. It was there that I first heard that Jesus loved sinners & wanted to have a relationship with me. It was June of 1996 after the camp speaker told us how Jesus died on the cross for our sins that Jesus changed my heart. I remember praying “I don’t know what this means Jesus, all I know is I want to follow you.”
I have been married for 5 years now to my amazing wife Ruthie Amaro. We met at Young Life camp & were engaged after 4 months of dating, and married 3 months after that! I have 3 daughters Olivia who is 4yrs old, Sophia who is 2yrs old, and Newborn Emilia who was born on December 24th, 2012.