Greg grew up in Willard, Ohio and graduated from Nyack College just outside New York City. He came to faith in Jesus at a young age thanks to growing up in a Christian home, and through a mentoring relationship with his youth pastor.
He met Sharry while at Nyack when she came to visit her twin sister. They didn’t date until a few years later when she took the position of youth director at a church just an hour south from where Greg was serving as youth pastor. They married and moved to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio when Greg accepted the position of youth pastor at Chapel Hill Church.
During their time in “The Falls”, they became parents for the first time with their daughter Emily. After five years they moved to Toledo when Greg was called to the role of the Pastor of Student Ministries at Westgate Chapel. Shortly after the move, Emily was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and passed away just before her fourth birthday. However, she was able to see the birth of her brother Matthew. Greg and Sharry had two more sons: Nathan and Andrew.
After twelve years at Westgate, Greg moved across town to oversee the development of student ministries at CedarCreek Church’s West Toledo campus, where he served for 4 1/2 years. He accepted the challenge to plant Church 3TwentyOne with some of his close friends in late summer of 2013.
Greg is known for his ability to lead and inspire those who serve with him, and for his transparency, humor and passion when teaching. He’s musically inclined and can often be found hanging out at Starbucks. He’s a gear head and an avid fan of professional sportscar racing, IndyCar and Formula 1. He has served as Chaplain of the Toledo Mud Hens and gets way too involved in following his teams: The Mets, Jets, North Carolina basketball and Notre Dame football.