I was raised in a Christian home and claimed to be a follower of Jesus, but nothing in my life indicated gospel transformation. My parents divorced when I was 6 years old, and I witnessed a trend of broken relationships. Throughout grade school, I pursued relationships with women to fill a deep emptiness in my heart, but the more I sought relationships, the more empty I felt.
This pattern continued through high school until I attended a Christian retreat. There I encountered a community of people who were fully surrendered to Jesus and realized that a relationship with Him was what I had been longing for my whole life. A pastor came alongside me, led me through Romans, and I began to understand the fullness of the gospel for the first time.
In the years following, I became more deeply rooted in the Lord, and He grew my passion to see others encounter His love. At Texas Tech, He called me to vocational ministry, which led me to intern in the youth ministry at my church and later become the youth pastor there.
My wife, Christy, and I met at Texas Tech and were married in 2011. Early in our marriage, God used a class called "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement,” to call us to give our lives to see the gospel go to the ends of the earth. We have been mobilizing and training believers to see churches planted among unreached people groups ever since. It is such a joy to serve the Lord together. Christy and I are blessed with two children, Malachi and Selah.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village is that we would abide in Jesus and grow in our love for Him, giving our lives to see others encounter His love and grace and be consumed with passion to see our community, nation and world reached with gospel of Jesus Christ.