As Youth Director, Max is excited to build and cultivate dynamically engaging, discipleship-driven, and community-rich youth ministry at Garden City that are excited about growing disciples throughout the Silicon Valley. Max knows the pressures on youth in the Bay Area are extreme, and finding rest, purpose, and joy in Christ is the most important thing a young person can do.
Max was born in Cincinnati, OH, and has progressively moved west throughout his life, settling in San Jose. He was raised in a Christian family, and throughout high school God gave him mentors that showed him what an authentic relationship with Christ looks like. Max is a Senior at SJSU wrapping up his BFA in Pictorial Art, and he serves as a worship leader at SJSU Cru and also plays drums with his own band. He’s learning to serve God with everything he does, spurring on others around him as his awe of God grows. He’s passionate about helping everyone see the joys of serving the Lord, and enjoying His presence in everyday life. When he’s not having deep conversations or making music, he’s drinking coffee, climbing rocks, or playing at the beach.