Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. – 1 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
I am a son, a man, and a husband. I am originally from the great state of South Carolina, and I now live with my beautiful wife in the wonderful state of North Carolina. My interests include spending time with my wife, reading and studying the Bible, spending time with my friends, playing volleyball (badly), playing the bass guitar (perhaps as badly), and watching anything related to Star Trek. While all of that is true, what I really want you to know about me is I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus is the Answer to all questions. Jesus is not just one way, but He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). Jesus is the Creator and the Sustainer of all things (Colossians 1:15-17). Jesus is Lord (1 Corinthians 8:6)…and more personally, Jesus is my Lord and Savior!
I probably had the childhood that many have had growing up in the South: going to church every Sunday and hearing about Jesus. Though I attended worship services and even later served in the church for a time, I did not have a good understanding of my need for Christ or the nature of salvation. I knew I wanted to go to heaven, but I did not really understand my desperate need and utter dependence for a Savior to save me. It was on a Friday evening during a worship service when I finally realized I could do nothing to earn God’s favor and I had to place my trust in Jesus Christ and confess Him as my Lord and Savior. Sometime after trusting in Christ, I felt God calling me to ministry, though at the time I was not sure what that would be.
Believing God was preparing me for ministry, I entered seminary and graduated with an MDiv degree in May 2007. It was while I was attending seminary when God graciously brought together my wife and me. We were married in 2003 and later became members of a small country church where we taught Sunday school and led the youth. I occasionally filled the pulpit at our church and at others. God began to call me to pastoral ministry, of which our church confirmed and later ordained me in April 2012. God called me to my first pastorate as a bi-vocational pastor in December 2012, where I served until January 2018. My wife and I are discerning the next place God calls us to serve. We desire to faithfully serve God, to exalt Christ, and to love His people wherever He sends us.
Soli Deo Gloria!