A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 5-7, 2020
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA
Cecil is married to May, 28 years and counting. He has 2 children, Leanne and Randy, 21 and 19. Through this precious family, God has given Cecil a growing passion for authentic transformation and grace-filled living. In his experience with students and parents, he’s seen that every home, especially those with children and youth, needs Christ to cultivate greater health emotionally and spiritually. This understanding has led Cecil to focus more on Biblical intimacy, spirituality, marriage, and parenting.
For almost 3 decades, he was with Cornerstone Evangelical Baptist Church involved in various ministries from musical drama to fellowship to day camp. After graduating from college, he worked for 19 years at the church's school, Cornerstone Academy, the last few years as chaplain and dean of students.
In May of 2007, Cecil graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a master's degree in theological studies. Interests and hobbies include bass fishing, biking, tennis, and weightlifting, but mostly just hanging out with wife and kids. He also enjoys eating and traveling with parents and extended family.
In 2009, Cecil took on the role of Christian Education Director of Sunset Church (2009-2015). He continued to grow himself in spiritual and relational knowledge so that he could effectively lead and equip volunteer staff and parents. He encouraged and trained them in the Biblical call for intentional discipleship of children and youth (most importantly at home) with Christ-centered Bible learning which explicitly addresses one's core identity. According to Jesus, knowledge of God must result in spiritual formation / transformation. And this must be authenticated in our homes.
Cecil's overarching goal in ministry is for the hearts of fathers to be turned towards their children and the hearts of children to their fathers (Malachi 4:6). This requires discipling of men to lay bare their hearts before the Word of God (Heb.4:12,13) and yield to the compelling love of God, to get real. When the head of household loves God with all their heart, soul, and strength, cherishing their wives with the love of Christ, they will turn their affections and care to their future generations to grow their hearts. God, who initially created families to be places of love and intimacy, desires to restore them to experience that same joy which originally began in the Garden of Eden (aka the Garden of Delight). And this will only happen through the headship of the home who submits to the headship of heaven. It is the responsibility of the church to lead men to regain their divinely ordained place in the spiritual welfare of the home.
In 2014, Cecil received the Certificate of Transformational Coaching to add the skill of life coaching to his tool box. Through this additional training, he is helping grow more leaders who will multiply God's passion to redeem families for His glory.
In 2017, Cecil published his first book, Growth-Centered Family.
He started Family Connections Coaching in 2013, moonlighting until 2015 when he decided to go full time. Through this service, he hopes to transform the way the world does family.