Born in 1965, my family lived in four different states by the time I graduated High School. I still live only minutes from that High School. Born the third of five kids, we had a big family, and the birth order thing pretty much played itself out with the Kuzma’s. I was the steady Eddie of the bunch, somewhat to my own demise. I’ve struggled with perfectionism and workaholism to whatever I put my hand to. Work, golf, computers, weight loss, etc.
After I graduated High School, following God’s call to become a Pastor, I went to LIFE Bible College. Since then, I’ve been serving at the same place of ministry. Since 1997, I’ve been the Senior Pastor at NewHeart Foursquare Church. However, I had already been here 12 years when that change occurred, my first 8 as Youth Pastor and the next 4 as Associate Pastor.
Colleen (a nurse who teaches the Certified Nurse Assistant course at our local Adult School) and I have been married since 1986, and we are pretty passionately in love with each other. It’s an unexplainable God-thing. We love to be with each other and she truly is my best friend, confidant and constant encourager.
We have two great kids, Joshua and Jonathan, born ten months apart in 1995. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not what you’re thinking! They’re both adopted from birth. Amazing stories, the both of them.
I am honored to serve as a Chaplain with the Simi Valley Police Department. It’s a role that fits me well. I’ve been serving there since April of 2000.
I am the author of Pastor For Life, a blog that aims to “resource Pastors for a lifetime of life-giving.” I learned a lot about a concept called Pastoral Self-Care while recovering from burnout several years ago. Pastor For Life is born and is still evolving out of that experience.
I also serve as a Ministry Representative and Coordinator for the Church-wide Initiative with an organization called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. You can read more at our website, but it was (and continues to be) life-transforming material God is using in my life. I am privileged to serve in a capacity that allows me to help other Pastors and Leaders on their journey.
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