I was born August 16, 1987 in Lexington, Kentucky. I grew up in a Christian home with my parents and younger brother. My family and I attended and were members of Porter Memorial Baptist Church for most of my childhood. My father would often hold a nightly devotional with our family. When I was 8 years old, I started asking questions about what it truly meant to be saved and how I could become a Christian. I realized that I was a sinner, but God was able and willing to forgive me and grant me grace through His shed blood on the cross. During the summer of 1995, my father led me through prayer where I repented of my sin, believed, and trusted in Christ for my salvation. I was later baptized by my children's pastor at church.
Even though I was saved, I struggled with letting God take full control over certain areas of my life. I had a limited perspective of what it meant to be a Christian and this caused me to believe that the Christian life was boring. In high school and early college, I became increasingly rebellious even while feeling the conviction from the Holy Spirit. Eventually God let me reach my lowest point mentally, spiritually, and physically. The Lord began to direct me to the right places and people that encouraged me in my Christian faith. Through His grace, I was asked by my friends to go on a mission trip to Panama City Beach, FL with the EKU Baptist Campus Ministry. While being there, the Lord grabbed my heart in the prayer room and gave me a choice whether to be fully sold out to Him and His will or to follow my own desires. I had seen the destruction my sin had caused and I knew the only decision I could make was to follow Him and His purposes for my life.
While on that pivotal mission trip, I also met my wife Shawna. She was studying music education at EKU and the Lord began to knit our hearts together as we pursued Him. While attending EKU, I was given the opportunity to serve at the BCM as President and Leader of the Outreach Team. My leadership team and I engaged the campus through building relationships and special events such as 24/7 Prayer. Also, during my studies at EKU, I was apart of a Mentoring Program that connected me with a middle school student who was considered at-risk. Those experiences sparked my desire to teach and disciple others.
As we were finishing our time at EKU, I felt the call to Fort Worth, TX so that I could attend Dallas Theological Seminary. We became connected at The Village Church and attended the Fort Worth Campus. I was put in charge of overseeing and establishing the Middle School and High School Ministries at this new campus. With the help of a few leaders, we were able to get the Student ministry started and established in the life of the church. A few years after living in Texas, we felt God leading us to be parents in a rather unconventional way. A family friend of my wife had fallen into intense addiction a few years back and had two wonderful children. In November of 2014, we were given permanent custody of Zac and Adriana who were then age seven and five. As we moved into our role as parents, God closed the door at the Village for student ministry. We then later stepped into the role of Home Group leaders due to the need for leaders and our desire to disciple and multi-generational group. Recently, we gave birth to our son Connor and he has been an incredible blessing to our family. We believe now that the Lord is calling us back to Kentucky.
I believe in God and the Holy Trinity (Matthew 28:19; John 3:31-36). I believe in the inerrancy and authority of Scripture (John 1:1-17; 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 1:1-16). I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ which calls man to confess and turn from Sin, and to believe and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior (Titus 2:11-14). I believe in accordance with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
As believers, we are all commanded by Christ to go and make disciples through teaching the Scripture and living out the Gospel for those around us (Matthew 28:19-20). Christ, as head of the Church, has created ministry in order for reconciliation and sanctification to occur so that men and women can be adopted into the family of God (Colossians 1:15-20). These ideas of adoption, reconciliation, and sanctification are pivotal in creating a culture of love, humility, truth, encouragement, and hope for all.
The ministry of Christian Education is to equip all Christians with knowing how to study and teach others about the Gospel through means of evangelism and discipleship. This ministry allows them to see the Biblical narrative as it points to Christ and the wisdom and truth that the Bible gives to their everyday lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe that this ministry assists all other ministries in the church. I have a passion to take people through the Scriptures and show them that true Biblical Christianity is neither boring nor trivial. I believe God's calling for Christians is one of relationship, sacrifice, and obedience which leads to a life of purpose (Ephesians 2:4-10). I believe that when Christians trust God and are equipped to competently handle the Scriptures, they are more apt to share the Gospel with others and disciple those in their sphere of influence. I also have a desire to see people be connected in biblical community where they are held accountable, encouraged, and ultimately flourish in their callings (Colossians 3:12-17). I believe that biblical community whether it be in the form of Home Groups or Sunday School is a large part of ministry in the Church because it is a safe place for many to be known and know others deeply. I believe equipping and training the body of believers so that they can lead others and serve the church with their unique giftings (Ephesians 4:1-16).
Christian Education ministry is key to building, establishing, and protecting the foundation of Biblical Christian doctrine and theology for the church. I believe that this ministry helps equip the saints for their calling and prepare them for the difficult times through life. I believe it is truly about teaching truth and loving the body well.
Home Group Leader
The Village Church- Fort Worth, TX
March 2015-May 2017
Student Ministry Intern
The Village Church- Fort Worth, TX
August 2013-March 2015
Connection Central Volunteer
The Village Church-Fort Worth, TX
July 2013-July 2015
President, Leader of Outreach Team
EKU Baptist Campus Ministries- Richmond, KY
August 2010-May 2011
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