Share why you pursued a position with CAP
I pursued a position with CAP because I felt called by God to use my legal and theological training to promote the biblical values of life, marriage and family, and religious freedom in our state.
As followers of Christ, we are called to love our neighbors (Matthew 22:39) and to seek the peace and welfare of the place where we live (Jeremiah 29:7). By joining CAP, I knew that I would have the privilege of working with fellow believers seeking to obey Christ’s call on their lives by promoting values that lead to human flourishing in our state.
Share with CAP supporters a little about your background and based on that, what you see as your strengths?
I was born and grew up in Chile as a “missionary kid.” When my family returned to the United States, I attended public high school in Phoenix and then went on to the University of Arizona for my undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies and Spanish. These early experiences instilled in me the importance of being able to effectively engage with people of various faiths and worldviews.
After college, I served in various ministry positions, and received my Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now Gateway Seminary). I then had the privilege of working at and attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I earned my Ph.D. in World Religions with a focus on Islam. My graduate studies not only refined my ability to research and write, but they also provided me with the opportunity for in-depth study of the biblical worldview and various other alternative worldviews.
After a few years of teaching world religions and cross-cultural ministry at Oklahoma Baptist University, God led me to law school. Last year, I received my J.D. from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and then clerked at the Arizona Supreme Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals. During my time in law school, I had the opportunity to work in the Office of the Governor and at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, including a semester with MCAO’s legislative liaison during a legislative session. My legal education and experience with Arizona’s three branches of government have uniquely prepared me for my role as CAP’s Legislative Counsel.
Of CAP’s three issue areas – Life, Marriage and Family, and Religious Freedom – what are you most passionate about and why?
Because all of these are such important biblical issues, I really can’t say which one I am the most passionate about. Human life deserves to be protected from conception to natural end because God has created us in his image and for his glory. Marriage and family issues are critical because God designed the family to be a picture of the gospel and the foundation of human society. However, in the coming years, religious freedom will probably be the most pressing issue of the three.
What do you see as the key focus to success in the future for CAP?
God has clearly blessed CAP with incredible success through the years. One key to our success in the future will be our ability to contextualize our message so that it resonates with each upcoming generation. Although the biblical values of life, marriage and family, and religious freedom do not change, the way we communicate these truths has to be contextualized for each generation.
Share a little about your family and tell us something about yourself personally.
I have been married to my wife, Jenny, for eleven years and we have four children, Scout (7), Brooks (5), Tayte (4), and Sonora (1). My wife and I met in seminary, and have served in ministry together ever since. We are members at Illuminate Community Church, and are passionate about discipleship and cross-cultural missions. We enjoy going on hikes as a family, and exploring the beauty and diversity of Arizona. I enjoy following Arizona basketball, listening to music on vinyl records, and playing golf.