Raised in rural northwest Arkansas by parents who took me to church regularly, I had the opportunity to hear the Gospel message presented many times. During one Sunday evening church service in our small Southern Baptist church when I was 12-years-old, I finally worked up the courage to “walk the aisle” in front of my friends and family to publically declare my commitment to Christ. My journey as a Christ-follower rather than just a church-attender had begun. My walk with Christ ebbed and flowed over the next several years through high school and college and into the early years of marriage, but I continued to grow and mature as a believer as God was patient with me, continually teaching me about what it really meant to walk with him in all aspects of life.
After graduating college with a BBA in Accounting, I married my high school sweetheart, June, and moved to Dallas to begin my career as a CPA. It didn’t take long for this small-town boy to realize that the big city life and a “sacrifice all” career was not what I wanted, and we were blessed to be able to return to northwest Arkansas. We got plugged into student ministry in a local church and really began to go deeper our walks with the Lord. After a few years in public accounting, an MBA degree from the University of Arkansas, 11 years in the banking industry, a strong marriage and two children (Hayley & Kyle), we were settled into a great community, a great church, and a great career. But we sensed God was asking more.
In 1997, we followed God’s call to serve Him in full-time ministry with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). The process of leaving behind all that was comfortable to raise our own financial support and uproot our family brought me to a whole new level of trusting God. This change brought us to Little Rock in 1999 where we were immediately drawn to Fellowship by its equipping focus, innovative small group structure, and engaging biblical teaching. Over the years here, we’ve been blessed to help lead and launch small groups, work with children and students and serve in many other areas.
When the Business Operations Manager position opened up in 2009, I knew God was calling me to blend my years of business and accounting experience with my ministry experience at Cru to serve Him in the local church. It has been a blessing to be part of the team here at Fellowship.
My hope for Fellowship is that we will always be a church known for its sound and practical Biblical teaching and for the living out of the Gospel message through our people as everyone exercises his or her unique design and spiritual gifting to serve the Kingdom unselfishly for the ultimate purpose of bringing glory to God and pointing the lost to Christ.