Well let me start with the beginning…
I was born and raised in Ocean City, NJ, by William and Judith Marshall. I am the youngest of eight children. (Hmm, that explains a lot!) The first house I can remember living in was at 905 5th Street. We were right across from the amusement park and three houses away from the beach and boardwalk.
We did live in Orlando, FL, when I was in 4th grade and half of 6th and 7th grades. I am the type of person that embraces change and saw the moves back and forth as a fun and exciting experience. After these changes of location we settled back in OC.
I graduated from Ocean City High School in 1995. I enjoy sports and played soccer, football, wrestling, indoor track, and golf during my high school career. In middle school and high school I was heavily involved in Young Life, which is an international youth ministry.
Of course, the next step in life is … college. I graduated from Catawba College (a small school in North Carolina) in 1999. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems with a concentration in business.
During my time at college, Young Life seemed like a distant memory as I indulged in the pleasures of the world. Finally in those dark days one pivotal event changed the course of my life forever…
…it was November of my senior year of college. That night, I finally realized that I was guilty of breaking God’s law, and my just punishment was an eternity of suffering in Hell. But God, by His grace and His great love for me, sent His son Jesus to suffer and die in my place! Then, through His resurrection from the dead, he offered me eternal life. All I had to do was repent, and turn away from my lifestyle of sin, and God forgave me of my sins.
Because of that amazing gift – of knowing I am forgiven and no longer destined for Hell – my life, on that same night, began to change. Once I finally esteemed His sacrifice, I was ready to no longer compartmentalize my life. Now I realize that to live is to live for Christ – to do all things for His glory, and to do them all to the best of my God-given ability. Without this life-shaping event, my life would not be the same as it is today, and I would definitely not be the same person.
In the years that followed I served as a leader with Young Life and other youth ministries. I also taught high school Math and Science for six years at a Christian school. Another passion of mine is coaching. Over the years I have coached baseball, soccer, golf, and (my favorite) wrestling. I enjoy serving my local church in any way God has gifted me. It was while I was serving in youth ministry in my church that I met my beautiful and wonderful wife Heather.
Heather and I got married on June 10th, 2006. On that day we celebrated with our FIRST kiss! (Yes, you read that correctly!) You see, ours was not a “normal” relationship. We were best friends for years, and that friendship grew into love. We never dated, but one day I shocked her by asking her to marry me in front of the entire church. After recovering from her shock, she said yes, and the rest…. is history. (Of course my wife tells it better so read her version here)
My latest career has been working as a one-on-one aide with a 7th grade student. I also recently began internet marketing, and was one of 12 contestants on the web’s first reality show, The Next Internet Millionaire.
Okay, I’m sure you’re tired of reading about me, so I’ll save some details for my blog and tweets. That means you’ll have to check it out regularly to keep up with all the latest!
Jason Stanley Marshall
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