Senior Pastor

Carl was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in his hometown of Whittier, California. He attended California State University, Long Beach, and Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He has been at Verde since April of 2014. He and his wife, Maria, have five children; the family is Italian… so they love loud, embrace life and have lots of fun!

What is your favorite book?
The Bible is on the top of the list. However, I love to read books by pastors, missionaries and Christian scholars who have humbly walked the journey of life and ministry far, far ahead of me. I’ve got lots to learn and they’ve got lots of practical and encouraging life lessons!

What or who is your most influential book or author?
Surprise-the Bible! Paul, David, John, Moses. They inspire me with the nitty-gritty of how they encounter God and give us some of the most amazing and epic stories of all time! I love the book of Ruth, too… it’s the romantic in me.

What is your favorite food?
Being from the central coast of California, I love tri-tip beef steak grilled and barbecued to perfection along with a side of grilled onions, asparagus, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, baked beans, garden salad, and garlic bread. This, of course, would be followed by dessert… banana cream pie.

What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?

My first job out of college was working as a Sales Manager for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. As a result of record tires sales, my wife and I won a flight aboard the Goodyear blimp.

What is the most exciting thing for you to see God do in the lives of people?
I find it exciting when people find life in Jesus and embrace the journey with people they love!