Though I grew up in a Christian home, where both my mom and dad were believers and encouraged my siblings and I in our faith, it wasn't until my freshman year of college that I was saved and rescued by the gospel of grace. I grew up as the middle child, always seeking to follow the rules so as to not upset my parents. My growing up was marked by pride and deep shame simultaneously. I worked so hard to do the right things, but inside I knew that I was never good enough to reach an unspoken standard that hung over my head. My parents did their best to point us to Jesus, but God didn’t open my eyes until I was 19.
During Christmas break of my freshman year of college, I was at church service just like normal, but after the service I was deeply moved to go purchase a Bible from the church bookstore. I don't remember anything about the service other than I knew I needed to buy a Bible. When I got back to school in January, I opened the Bible for the first time in my life and began to read. I began each morning getting into God's Word and journaling out my thoughts and prayers. After a couple of weeks, God graciously chose to open my eyes to His grace in Jesus! I could not believe that this is what it meant to be a Christian—not my own performance, not anything I bring to the table, but by grace, through faith in Jesus, because of His work and taking my place on the cross, I could be saved! In awe, I believed in Jesus, put my trust in Him, and wept at the thought that God had been extending grace to me my whole life.
From that time forward, my life has been on a completely different trajectory, and I ultimately realized I felt called to ministry. I get no greater joy than knowing my Savior, telling others about Him, and delighting in Him. One sweet display of His grace was meeting my bride, Whitney, in 2014. We were married in November 2016, and I praise God each day for His kindness to allow me to be her husband!
Hope for The Village Church
My hope is that we would be a group of people who love God (because He has loved us), love one another, and love and serve those outside of the walls of our buildings with the same compassion, grace, mercy, and forgiveness that has been extended to us in Christ.