This is a blog about my life’s journey. I hope you enjoy the ride.
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, now known as LIFE Pacific University. I served at the same place of ministry from 1985 to 2015 before relocating for my current role to Christiansburg, VA (the SWEET SPOT of the US!). I served as Senior Pastor at NewHeart Foursquare Church in Simi Valley, CA However, I had already been there 12 years when that change occurred, having served my first 8 years as Youth Pastor and the next 4 as Associate Pastor.
I completed my Master of Arts in Human Services with a specialization in Marriage & Family (a counseling degree) in 2012. I am a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor, now serving full-time as Pastoral Counselor & Director of Center for Spiritual Renewal East, a retreat center for Foursquare Pastors and their families.
Colleen (a nurse by trade) 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. They both serve as Law Enforcement Officers today, and are both married with families of their own.
We love where we live, and I enjoy riding my John Deere Zero Turn mower over our 4.7 acres in mowing season, listening to bluegrass music, even hosting concerts a handful of times a year around my 5 car garage, affectionately coined Grand Ole Garage! I’m working my way through learning the mandolin, and enjoy spending time with friends in whatever bay of the garage that holds my attention for any given project.
I was honored to serve as a Chaplain with the Simi Valley (CA) Police Department from 2000 to 2015. I now serve as a Chaplain with the Montgomery County (VA) Sheriff’s Office since 2018. It’s a role I love and that fits me well.
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 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 EHD Course Coach with an organization called Emotionally Healthy Discipleship. You can read more at our website, but it continues to be a life-transforming work that 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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