I have enjoyed calling East Texas my home for all but a couple of years of my life. Growing up, my grandparents and parents were strong Christian influences on me, and I enjoyed the discipleship and community that comes both from a godly family, and from that of the small country church I attended from birth to college.
I accepted Christ at the age of eight, thanks to the witness and discipleship of family, close friends, and wonderful teachers and leaders at my home church. I sensed God preparing me for full-time ministry at the age of 17, and I had a strong love for music and a desire to see teenagers grow in their relationship with the Lord. I struggled with the titles and definitions of ministerial staff to which I had become accustomed, and so I determined that I would simply pursue a life of obedience in service to Christ, rather than that of a specific ministerial position.
I attended East Texas Baptist University where I majored in Music, and then attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth to obtain my Master’s Degree in Christian Education.
I met my wife Anita in college and we were married in August of 1992, and we now have two beautiful daughters, Ashlyn, born in 1998, and Haleigh Grace, born in 2001.
My family and I joined the staff at Grace Community Church in February of 2009 where I serve and lead GSM-Grace Student Ministry as the Associate Pastor of Student Ministry. In addition to my role at the church, I have also been privileged to Coach Varsity Football at Grace Community School as the Offensive Line Coach, and to serve as the Head Coach of the Varsity Softball Team as well.
I believe God has ultimately called me to love Him and to love others, and has gifted me to reach the lost and teach the saved. For most of my life now I have been drawn to students, and specifically to helping them with the struggles that come during the teenage years. I love teaching, and coaching, and sharing life on mission with students. My hope is that my time with Grace Student Ministry will be fruitful in making disciple-making disciples of Christ in the years to come.