Hi, I'm DJ. My life is all about the good news of who Jesus is and what he has done!
Crista and I got married in 2008 and we've been doing ministry together in the Gateway cities of Los Angeles ever since. I previously served as a pastor, overseeing students and worship, at Southland Church in Bell, CA. While there I studied and received a B.A. in Philosophy at CSUF and an M.Div at Talbot School of Theology. I am also currently a professor at Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley.
Our desire to plant Imago Dei Church was born out a desire to see the good news of Jesus proclaimed in the Gateway cities. We live in an incredibly population dense community, there is more "image of God" per square mile here than almost any other area in the United States! In that, we believe that God certainly cares for these cities and that it is his desire for the church to reproduce and proclaim the glory of Jesus! We spent about a year with Anthem Church in Thousand Oaks doing a "Church Planting Residency", training and preparing to do just that: reproduce the church while proclaiming the good news of Jesus!
In my free time, I love reading, playing basketball and drinking coffee (I'm a bit of a coffee-snob). I also love to get time with my family, taking my wife on dates and wrestling with my three kids (Chloe, Jack, and Sadie).
My life verse is Acts 20:24: "I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."
All of life is grace and every breath I breathe is a gift from God; a a gift I receive and endeavor to use to give glory to Jesus. He is my joy. My prayer is that God would save people from every walk of life and build his church in LA.
Feel free to reach out to me! I'd love to connect: