Right before my senior year of high school, I started really processing all that I had grown up hearing: the gospel, who Christ is and that He died on a cross for our sins. I knew in my head “this is the gospel, here’s who Christ is” but it hit me that I’d never put my faith and trust in Christ. So one night after a student ministry event, I stayed behind after everyone left to talk with my youth pastor. I told him what I was wrestling with and he walked me through Scripture, finishing with 1 John 5:13, “These things have I written unto you that you may know that you have eternal life.” I realized I had not placed my trust in Christ yet, so I did then and there – July 30, 1996.
At that time, going into my senior year of high school, I was playing football and planning on doing something in athletic training after graduation. That fall, as I started growing in my relationship with God, I began praying about how God could use me and I started sensing God telling me that instead of caring for people physically, He had something else for me to do. I ended up going to a Christian college and started serving in a church. That path has continued on for 20 years now.
I earned my Doctor of Ministry degree from DTS in 2012 and I met Bill Egner shortly after that. When my family first visited Christ Chapel in 2014, we were blown away by the church — what Christ Chapel was doing and how healthy it was. Now that we’re here, I am excited to be a part of this team and church, and to help with whatever the next season looks like. I’m also personally excited to learn from Bill, a guy who knows so much, and for our family to be part of the church.
My wife, Courtney, and I were married in 2004. We have two children, our daughter, Bailey, and our son, Shai. As a family we love swimming, taking trips and, just in general, being outdoors. Personally, I am a huge college football fan and love to stay active competing in triathlons.