I just want to say that I count it an honor and privilege to be considered for the position of Student Pastor. My call is to serve the church by serving students and their families. I desire to help students become devoted followers of Jesus by helping them grow in their knowledge and understanding of who God is and what He is about. I am thankful for the opportunity to come alongside parents and partner with them in helping their children understand and own their faith. What an honor to work with a demographic of people that are willing to dream, desire to be a part of something greater than themselves, and who are willing to be transformed by the power of the Gospel.
I have been fortunate in the fact that I grew up in a Christian home where my parents saw the priority of having my brother and I in church. At the age of 9 I realized that I needed God in my life and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. In accepting Christ at such an early age, I feel that I have been fortunate to have stayed away from some of the pitfalls many experience.
Church has always been an important part of my life and at the age of eighteen I felt God calling me to full-time Christian service. Upon completion of college my plan was to go into Christian counseling but God had other plans. At the time I was working at my home church as a youth ministry intern and while on a mission trip to Mexico, I felt God call me closer to Him and His plan for my life. The next semester, I followed God’s direction and enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I graduated in 2002 and have served in 2 Southern Baptist churches over the past 16 years.
My goal as a youth pastor is to help students discover a faith of their own that will prepare them for a lifetime of ministry and influence. I hope to create an environment where a students can come and be themselves and be welcomed. I want to help them navigate through a journey of faith in Jesus Christ so that when they graduate from the student ministry they will have a solid foundation in Christ to help guide them in the future. (Psalm 16:1-2)
I would like to help facilitate a ministry where students can come connect with God through solid Biblical teaching, meaningful interaction with caring adults and with one another in authentic, accountable relationships. (Proverbs 27:17)
I desire to give students a place where they can grow in their personal walk with Christ through Bible studies focused on what they are going through and through opportunities for service. (1 Timothy 4:6-13)
My wife Krista and I met when I moved to Marion, Illinois to be the youth pastor at her home church. We married in May 2004. She is a perfect compliment to me in ministry as she encourages me to “stay the course” as well as motivates me to love Jesus with all that I am. In our 14 years of marriage she has assisted me in my areas of ministry as well as led various children’s ministries of the churches we have served together. She teaches middle school (Science, Reading, ELA). We have four children: Ella, Evie, Finn, & Levi.
Woodworking and running are my either early morning or late in the evening hobbies when I “find time.” Both have taught me interesting aspects of life from the process of start to finish with building something or discipline of what it takes to train and run marathons. Oh, and Hail State as I am a Mississippi State fan.