Like many people implanted in the “Bible Belt” of Texas, I grew up in a church-going Christian home. However, to my recollection, the church I grew up in seemed to put more emphasis on “praying the prayer” and never seemed to pinpoint the true desire of God—to have a loving relationship with us. I was about 6 years old when I “prayed the prayer,” asking Jesus to come into my heart, and from that day forward, I considered myself a Christian.
In my adolescent years, I began to question my faith in God and Christianity, and I embarked on a long season of sinful living. I had a large void in my heart where Christ should have been, but instead of filling it relationally with God through Christ, I tried to fill it with every sinful desire I could think of. The longer I continued, the more the void grew, and the result was always the same. After the party was over, I was left emptier inside.
At The Village Church, I encountered what a Christ-centered relationship with God looked like. The Lord continued to reveal more of Himself to me while simultaneously peeling away the hardened layers of my heart. I recommitted my life to Christ and started my daily walk with God. At first, it was difficult, uncomfortable, and foreign, but God’s love and patience was overwhelming. There was no going back.
I have two boys, Elijah and Daniel. Being their father has been a blessing, and the Lord reveals much about Himself through fatherhood.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope is that we at TVC would be a shining light that reflects the loving nature of God to the world and what He’s done for us through the work and sacrifice of Jesus Christ—even while we were at our worst.