I am blessed to serve as the senior Pastor of Amissville Baptist Church (ABC) located in Amissville, Virginia.
I grew up mostly in Little Rock, Arkansas with a healthy Texas and Michigan influence. I was radically transformed by the grace of God when I was 14 years-old. Shortly after coming to faith, I felt God calling me into full time ministry while serving on high school mission teams that traveled to New Mexico, Mexico, and the Ukraine to spread the gospel through preaching, kids programs, and construction projects.
I was introduced into church ministry while teaching and leading the choir nursery program at the Bible Church of Little Rock’s . I continued to gain valuable ministry experience through a variety of roles which such as: Assistant Nursery Director, Residential Treatment Counselor, Tutor, Hospital Chaplain, and the Associate Pastor of Preschool and Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church Eastman. I have also contributed the Family Research Council Blog.
While serving the body of Christ, I earned two Bachelor of Art Degrees (one in History and one in French) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and was awarded a Master of Divinity Degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In October 2012, I married my best friend, April! We have had two sons and two daughters. Our oldest son died shortly after birth. By God’s grace, our energetic second son and our precious little daughters continue to grow in strength and vitality. All four children are a daily reminder of God’s goodness, faithfulness, and mercy.
As I have transition from nursery rooms, to hospital rooms, and to the pulpit, my love for the Scriptures and my desire to help others grasp the gospel, through preaching, teaching, and discipleship has continued to deepen. To quote Ephesians 4:11-12, I believe God has called me “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”
Seeking to grow in my faith and pastoral ability, I earned a counseling certificate from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). In the fall of 2017, I began pursuing my PhD. at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in historical theology. I hope to write my dissertation on D. Martin Lloyd-Jones’ view of conversion.
You will see my passion for my family, Cubs baseball, ancient history, and politics pop up from time to time on this blog. But my first love remains the Lord Jesus Christ who revealed himself to us through the Bible. I truly believe that only God’s Word can prepare his people “for every good work” (II Tim. 2:16). I invite you to come explore the Scriptures with me as I discuss what God says about families, relationships, discipleship, culture, and the church.
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