This post is copied from Paul's blog. Find more of his thoughts at

I've been introducing you to our staff and more importantly giving you insight into what they do. Today, is the last of those blog posts and it's about . . . me.

Matt Lewis and I (and our families and a small group of other Jesus-followers) started The Journey almost 10 years ago.

When we first started out I did most of the speaking (that actually has been the case for the last 8 1/2 years). In the early days I brought oversight to Journey Kids and to our Journey Groups. By personality I am a big picture vision person. I tend to fly at 30,000 feet dreaming about the possible and championing the cause. The problem is that I find it hard to figure out how to get from where we are to where I believe we need to go. I am a perception and intuitive leader. I sense what might need to be done, but aren't always sure how to get there. So grateful for good strategic thinkers and planners on our team!!

I work together with Matt and Aaron thinking through our various series' at The Journey and how to communicate effectively for life change. I work with Matt and Mark fleshing out the strategic plans and where those are heading. I work with our Financial team and help lead our Lead Team. Currently I handle a lot of our Human Resources and Financial systems and issues. I spend a decent amount of time meeting with people, helping them take steps, bringing spiritual counsel, etc. I also help coach the Norton Shores Network that my family is part of. I also keep connections with our strategic partners like Verve Church, and Converge.

I try to mix my time between helping leaders grow and develop and connecting with people who are new or questioning. I spend a lot of my time thinking about vision and the spiritual direction of The Journey. I love what I do and I love seeing people experience their best life.

I am honored to be one of the pastors at The Journey - to work with a great team and to be part of a great church.