I grew up in Flower Mound and had a happy childhood. My two sisters and I were raised by parents who loved Jesus and took us to church every time the doors were open. So much of my upbringing was spent in church, and that deeply influenced who I am today. Unfortunately, my understanding of the gospel was skewed, and I believed that my standing with God was solely based on my ability to follow the rules. I was a prisoner of legalism.
Two major seasons of trial rocked my family in my teenage years. When I was about 14 years old, I was diagnosed with heart failure. My doctors did not expect that I would live past 18. Also during this time, my oldest sister battled her own medical problems which led to substance abuse. After a long battle, she lost her life in 2011.
The Lord healed me of heart disease, and I am forever grateful for his healing mercy toward me. But our family wrestled with God’s will, and why He healed me and not my sister. It was during this time that my other sister began attending The Village. This was hard for me to accept as our religious upbringing created a very narrow view of Christianity, and The Village did not meet the standard. I began to attend with her occasionally to find evidence from Matt’s sermons that would give me reason to condemn her, but the Lord had other plans for me. He eventually broke off the chains of legalism that held me, and He taught me the true meaning of the gospel.
My wife, Bethany, and I have been members at The Village since 2016. We are thankful that God led us here. We have two boys, Judah and Asher, and far too many pets.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope is that God would continue to give us eyes to see the true gospel, and that He would use our church to break the chains of the enemy, push back darkness, and bring revival to our community. He is making all things new!