Growing up in the Northeast part of the state, I’ve called Arkansas home for most of my life. The youngest of three sons, I was raised in a family that believed in the importance of the local church. My parents were very active in their faith and challenged us from an early age to live for something more than ourselves.
When I was seven years old I had just finished a soccer game and my parents rushed me off the field after the game to make it to Wednesday night church. Shin guards and all God began pulling at my heart to take a step in my faith to follow him. I went forward and prayed that God would create in me a new heart. The pastor met with me and my family for several weeks to make sure I was aware of what God was doing in me, thus leading me to be baptized before my church.
I continued on that journey until one day I picked up this thing called a guitar. I made a promise to myself that as long as I began playing music that in whatever form, it would be for God. I struggled in high school finding my identity in Christ and not in the things that surrounded me, all while starting to lead worship in my youth group.
As I went to college at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia to play golf, God began opening doors for me to lead worship in the local church and for youth events in the surrounding area. I began to wrestle with my faith and what it meant to truly believe what I had always been taught in church my whole life. During this time God grew my heart for Him and for His people. Then a miracle happened. I met my wife Megan. She had a heart after God and for His people and I knew it was going to be an incredible journey of life together. My heart was growing for the local church and I knew that ministry was my calling. I’ve been doing full-time ministry now since 2009.
My prayer for our church is that we come to know and believe the true grace that Jesus has shown us. That it would become more about of how we live in response to that grace and how it shapes the very people we are and the people we are becoming.