CatWest Wrap Up

What an incredible couple of days Catalyst West Coast was. I was challenged. Moved. Brought to tears. Convicted. And encouraged. And I was able to enjoy those 3 days with a few amazing guys and one fantastic girl as we celebrated Christ together, and opened our eyes to see what the Church COULD be.

I would be here all day detailing you every single thing that I loved about the experience. And no one likes a long winded blogger! So here’s some highlights…


I had never heard Rick Warren speak in person and when he walked into the room I honestly had a preconcieved notion that he was just this pompous dude from one of the biggest churches in the world. I was gradually convicted of that and had my heart softened as Rick humbly opened up to all of us and shared some nuggets of info that I will take with me for a very long time. He kicked our butts.

Hillsong United. Need I say more. Wonderful time of them leading us to the throne….

My favorite session out the 10 or so amazing speakers that shared with us would have to be when Erwin McManus spoke on the dreams that every single one of us has deep inside our hearts. Erwin is a creative guru who delves into dance and art, film making and music. And he brought ALL of that when he spoke to us. 3 times he illustrated his point with dramatic dances performed by artists straight out of his home church.

I absolutely LOVE his heart for the art inside us all. If only more churches could represent that beauty more often. Here’s a sneak peek…

Also, I’m now a Guinness World Record Holder. Seriously. Me and 3000 other people. We played a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors before one of the sessions and widdled it down to 1 winner. It was the largest game of RoShamBo EVER. Guinness was there to witness it and it’s going in the 2010 World Record book!

All in all, I was privileged to journey to Newport and be a part of the first ever Catalyst West Coast. Can’t wait until next year…


Catalyst West Coast

Next week I have the great privilege of attending the Catalyst West Coast conference beginning on Wednesday the 22nd through Friday the 24th. If you’ve never heard of Catalyst before, it’s a tremendously good conference devoted to raising up strong leaders both within the church and out. Some of the most influential leaders/speakers will be sharing over the two days, not to mention Hillsong United will be leading the group of about 12,000 people into worship. Not a bad gig at all!

To top it off, it’ll be one heck of a road trip with Brian Wurzell, Ryan Axtell, & Luke Peach and I all making the trek out to Orange County for Catalyst. We’re leaving late Tuesday night.

The Red Bulls will be flowing and we’ll be poppin David Jalapeno Hot Salsa sunflower seeds all night…

Will you be coming??

Here’s a peek into what happens at Catalyst West Coast:

And So We Begin…

Well, I’m back. My last post directly below was about Lent, which was a month and a half ago…that’s despicable, I know.

But I have news that I’m pretty stoked about. Some of you that I get to talk to on a regular basis know that the art of photography is very intriguing to me. In fact, I love it. And I’ve more than once said, if I wasn’t pursuing music as a career I’d definitely love to see what I could do with a camera.

Recently I’ve thought….why not just do BOTH?

So my wife Jess and I were blessed (and when I say blessed, I REALLY mean it) to be able to afford and purchase a brand new Canon 50D and some other various photog gear to begin this desire of ours to create with a lens.

We’re super stoked about it and over this last week have been geeking out on our new little toys! I’ll be updating on a regular basis some of the work that we do as we try and hone our skills and learn all that we can in the process…that way you can tell me if we’re on the right track or if I should just stick to the music gig. 🙂

Here’s a great shot of our son Cruz that Jess took yesterday with our 50mm f/1.8 lens that we grabbed up…

Cruz B/W