Al grew up in a home in NY that acknowledged the need for church but missed the component of a personal encounter with God. Throughout his childhood, church was more of social place where he was active in choirs and drama events. College at a “church-related” school in Ohio and three years in the Army following college only continued this pattern. But a job in the Bay Area after the Army years led Al to a sales job where he providentially met two men from Bridges (then named First Baptist Church of Los Altos), one of whom would mentor Al in the business while asking about his interests and background. Those conversations included asking Al about his faith experience and led to an invitation to join the choir at FBCLA. A year later in 1975, through the influence of many people, much music, Godly preaching, and the prayers of many who sensed Al’s need, he finally surrendered to the call of the Gospel to acknowledge his sin and his need for the One who died for us all. During that process, Al met Teri through the choir, was baptized in ’75, and was married in ’76.
For over four decades Al was a part of our music ministry, has taught both teens and adult Sunday school classes, and leads the Alpha Kara Life Group. For decades he enjoyed being part of the children’s music ministry, doing admin tasks and appearing in their musicals. He served on several deacon boards in the 90s and as an elder here about 10 years ago. He also organizes our Communion servers. Outside of church he’s one of several of our members who are part of the Salvation Army Sunnyvale advisory board.
To contact Al please email Liliya in the Bridges office at email@example.com.