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Greg has thoroughly enjoyed being the Pastor/Head of Staff of Malibu Presbyterian Church since being called here in December 2000. He is a native southern Californian, having grown up in Newbury Park and on the hills and beaches of Malibu. His father was a presbyterian pastor before him for over forty-years, however following in his dad's footsteps was the last thing Greg wanted to do growing up. His adolescent ambition was to be a tennis player, perhaps the Christian version of John McEnroe (his tennis idol).
After a series of injuries and the suicide of one of his competitors (the number #1 player in the world in his age group), Greg began to question his devotion to tennis. He began to realize that what he enjoyed most were his studies in Christianity and world religions. This passion was tested at Princeton and confirmed by over 25 years in ministry (as a pastor working with Tony Campolo in the inner-city of Philadelphia, as a college director at a church in Ventura, as an associate pastor in Orange County, and now at Malibu). Though being a pastor is very challenging and demanding, there is nothing Greg would rather do than be a pastor.
He has been happily married to Kay for over 20 years (7/14/90). They have three beautiful children living with them: Jake (10), Jared and Karis (7). (Two children, Joshua and Caleb, went on to meet the Lord.) Greg enjoys spending time with his family, watching his children play sports, going mountain biking, reading, traveling, fishing, skiing, surfing, and golf.
Greg is a graduate of Westmont College (B.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Samford University, Beeson Divinity School (D. Min.).
People often ask Greg what he believes. There is so much to say, volumes could be written, but if limited to one page, this is what he wrote:
I BELIEVE THERE IS ONLY ONE LIVING AND TRUE GOD.
I believe in God the Father, Joyful Creator of all Life:
--whose wondrous mysteries invite our trust
--whose faithfulness and grace embrace us in hope and beauty
--whose passion and justice bring forth laughter and tears
--whose love knows no end, has no boundaries
I believe in Jesus Christ, Fully Human and Fully Divine:
--who models the good news of God's love
--who breaks bread with us, breaks barriers between us
--who bore the pain, the brokenness, the sin of the world on the cross
--who thereby became the only mediator between us and God
--who calls all people to be free and whole in Him
--who is coming again
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity:
--who bears witness to Jesus Christ
--who convinces us of our need for forgiveness and salvation
--who moves us to repentance, faith, and worship of God
--who inspires and enables our journeys of faith
--who gifts his people for acts of service
--who empowers all God's ministries of love and justice
I confess that any approach to life, any effort to make sense of the world, any attempt at splendor can only be fully realized in relationship to God. This God sent his only son Jesus to pay the penalty for the sins of the world, to be the sacrificial lamb that dies for us and in our place. I believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, and believe that without the redemptive work of Christ and the grace of God in a person's life one is lost and in need of hope. I believe we were created to have a relationship with God, to obey and enjoy Him forever.
I confess that when a person becomes a Christian he or she is a new creature, under heavenly orders by the conviction of the Holy Spirit to live a moral and righteous life, and to propagate and demonstrate the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ from sin and death. Christians are to be involved in the ministry of the reconciliation of God, to bring healing to a broken world, food to the hungry, liberty to the downtrodden, and love to the un-loved in Jesus Christ. I believe the Christian Church is the congregation in which Jesus Christ acts presently through the congregation gathered to worship God and receive instruction from His word; then scattered to be salt and light in a darkened world.
I believe the Bible is authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. It tells of God's salvation plan and points to the person of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. The Bible is "sharper than any two edged sword," it helps us discern right from wrong, justice from injustice, and love from hate. Christians receive both instruction and inspiration through the reading of scripture, and need to commit themselves to discovering its wealth of wisdom and live accordingly.