I grew up in Farmington, New Mexico along with my younger brother and two fantastic parents. We were a close-knit family who loved sports, movies, vacationing, and backyard barbeques. Though I was blessed with such a rich life, I always felt like something was missing deep down somewhere inside me. My parents had instilled in me that God did exist, an understanding of right & wrong, and we even attend church on occasion. I would say I knew about God, but I didn’t know God. That all change during my freshmen year at Liberty University when I heard and believed the gospel of Jesus.
Over the next 4 years of my life, I was surrounded by men who loved Jesus and loved discipling young men like myself. God used these men to instill in me a hunger to know more of the gospel, a passion for communicating God’s word, and a desire to see men and women changed by the grace & love of Jesus. Over the 12 years that I attended & served at Liberty University, I was able to work in various roles including Resident Director, and eventually, as the Senior Associate Director of Student Leadership.
During my time at Liberty, I met my beautiful wife Lynne, and we married shortly after graduating college in 2005. We have been blessed with 3 energetic biological children; Abby, Maddie, & Noah and are also privileged to be foster parents.
In the spring of 2012, we felt a stirring in our heart to leave the only home we had ever known as a couple & family, and follow the Lord into full-time vocational ministry… a scare thought for someone who has two business degrees and never attended seminary. After two years of working in the oilfield industry at my father’s family business, I had the privilege of coming staff in April 2014 as the University Blvd Campus Development Pastor. My hope is for the Grace to be a church that seeks to see the love of God, through the Gospel of Jesus, and the work of the Holy Spirit transforms the hearts, minds, and lives of the people of Tyler to then impact their neighbors and the world to the glory of God.