Hometown: Suwanee, GA
Family: Emily and I were married on June 6, 2009. We have a daughter, Annie Ruth (5), a son, Everett Luke (4), and a son, Elias "Eli" Jude (19 months).
Testimony: Born and raised in a church-going family, I heard the gospel preached hundreds of times before actually responding in faith. My mother was a great influence on me coming to know the Lord by getting me involved in Bible Study Fellowship and other church programs. I tried as best I could to be a good boy growing up, but found that even then I was full of self-righteousness and knew nothing of the righteousness God offered through faith in Christ. At the age of seventeen God began convicting me of my sins and I was eventually brought to saving faith in Jesus Christ at a Discipleship Now weekend at our church. The same message I had heard all those years was revealed to me powerfully and I understood the depth of my sins before the holiness of God and the beauty and wonder of Christ’s atoning work on the cross. After this I was baptized and found the Bible to be more precious to me than ever before. During my freshmen year in college God clearly called me to full-time Christian ministry and filled me with a passion to serve the Lord in the local church. During my college years other believers noticed spiritual gifts in me and began encouraging me to attend seminary. After surrendering to God’s call to the ministry, He began giving me a passion to preach and teach His Word, to disciple His people, and to evangelize the lost. Now, as I serve Him in pastoral ministry, He is filling me each day with a deeper understanding of His Word and humble obedience to it.
Ministry: I am so very blessed to currently serve as pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Valdosta, GA. I formerly pastored a church in SC for about five years.
Interests: Meeting new people, coffee with friends, running, guitar, hiking/camping, reading, blogging.
Favorite Music: Sovereign Grace, Shane & Shane, Jeremy Camp
What am I reading?: We Cannot Be Silent by R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson, The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love by Jonathan Leeman, and J.C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone by Iain Murray.