My sweetie Kim and I have been married since March 1989. I grew up in Oregon and moved to Arizona in the summer of 1985 after graduating high school. Kim and I have been residents of Peoria since 1989 and we have two adult sons, Zach and Matt, who we are overjoyed to be able to say love Jesus and seek to serve him.
I grew up in a Christian home and Jesus called me to himself when I was a boy. While I did not fully understand what that meant at the time, I know that is when my journey began. I went through a time of rebellion as a teenager and young adult, but God did not let me forget who He was nor the cost that Jesus had paid for the redemption of my soul. After God’s correction brought me to my senses, I met Kim at a local church playing adult co-ed softball and shortly thereafter a new Tobey family was started.
Kim and I spent years attending and serving in a few local churches but it was after Kim was called into being an area director for Young Life doing urban ministry that our lives and world view changed. We realized we were called to take the gospel to kids where they were at rather than waiting for them to come find it at church. I spent years coaching competitive youth soccer and between that and raising leaders in Young Life I realized that I enjoy coaching and discipling young men and challenging them in their faith.
Professionally, I am the VP of Finance and IT at Lorts Manufacturing in Goodyear. Prior to that I spent years in the IT industry with IBM, Informix and JDA Software.
I believe God brought us to Redemption Church Peoria to fall more in love with His Son, His Word and His people. Redemption’s commitment to preaching and teaching the Word of God chapter by chapter and verse by verse has refreshed our souls and, in the process, develop a great love for this congregation. I am excited to see how God continues to move in our midst as the vision He has for us unfolds!