I was born on March 29, 1979 in Manistee, MI, and was raised in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan where I graduated from Brethren High School in 1997.After graduating high school, I went to college for a semester at Cornerstone University and accumulated $5K in student loan debt for the semester. Faced with what would amount to huge student loans, I did what any other rational person would do in that situation... enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where I served with the 2nd Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Co. until my honorable discharge in April of 2000.After getting out of the Marine Corps, I went to work as a Public Safety Officer on the campus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, and worked as a youth pastor at a local church. I returned to my home state of Michigan in 2002 where I settled in the City of Jackson and went to work as a drill instructor for the Michigan Department of Corrections Special Alternative to Incarceration Program (formerly known as the boot camp), where I am currently employed. I also run a side business as a freelance media developer. I live with my wife of ten years (Tara) and our three children in Jackson, MI.