Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Kennesaw, GA, which is a suburb of Atlanta and it was a great experience. I came to faith at an early age- two months before my sixth birthday. I knew what I was doing and I was fortunate to be raised by Godly parents who provided a culture at home for my faith to grow. My faith really took off in Middle School when our church hired a new Youth Pastor who began to lead my buddies and me into what it really meant to have a daily walk with the Lord. While I made my fair share of dumb decisions during the subsequent teenage years, I was blessed in the sense that walking with the Lord remained at the forefront of my life. As a result of this, I saw God use me to make an impact for Him. In hindsight, he was laying the foundation for my call to ministry.
How and when were you called into ministry?
I was at a Discipleship/Leadership camp that I went to each summer during middle school and high school. It was the summer before my freshman year of college when I was 18 years old and I felt God call me into ministry. I shared this with my youth pastor and other spiritual influences in my life and each of them affirmed that God had indeed called me. I got ordained at 21 and for almost 20 years now I have been living out the call the Lord placed on my life best way I know how. Through it all I have learned that daily dependence on the Holy Spirit to work in and through me is what sustains me.
What’s your passion in ministry?
Seeing those who are far from God experience life change through salvation and then going public with their faith through baptism. It never gets old and reaching the lost is what drives me in ministry.
Favorite Bible verse and why?
Romans 5:6-8: “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
This passage captures the gracious good news of the gospel. When we were at our worst, Christ died for us. There is nothing we could ever do to earn the grace of God and the free gift of salvation made possible by the death, burial and resurrection of our one true savior- Jesus Christ!
Spare time activities you enjoy?
I love to play golf. I love to snow-ski. I like watching college football. But most of my free time is spent around activities with my wife, Morgan, and our three boys: Sam (7), Jacob (5) and Henry (1). My dad taught me to make your kids your hobby. So as they get older more of my free time is being spent doing things that they are showing interest in. We spend most afternoons and evenings either wrestling in the living room or kicking and throwing balls in the backyard. We also love to travel and try to plan one or two big family vacations each year.
Favorite place you’ve visited?
New York City. We were also very fortunate to get live there for four years while I served on staff at The Journey Church. Our oldest son, Sam, was born there and we still try to make it back to the city at least once a year.
Any type of Mexican food.
Something most people don’t know about me?
I am also a part-time professor for Liberty University Online in the School of Divinity. I teach and facilitate “BIBL 104: Overview of Biblical Literature” for undergraduate students. These classes occur in 8-week terms online, and I average teaching 200 students per year.
Favorite book other than the Bible?
“Deep and Wide” by Andy Stanley, “How People Grow” by Henry Cloud, “The Complete Book of Discipleship” by Bill Hull, “Courageous Leadership” by Bill Hybels, “The Purpose Driven Church” by Rick Warren, “Leading on Empty” by Wayne Corderio, “Money Matters in the Church” by Steve Stroope and Aubrey Malphurs, “Leadership Gold” by John Maxwell, “Maximize” by Nelson Searcy, “The Question Behind the Question” by John G. Miller, “Good to Great” by Jim Collins, “How the Mighty Fall” by Jim Collins, “Soul Keeper” by John Ortberg, “The Anointing” by R.T. Kendall, “Axiom” by Bill Hybels, “Spirituality for the Rest of Us” by Larry Osborne