My ministry journey began at the age of 15, when I became the sound tech (and terrible background singer) of my youth group’s praise band. From there, it’s been quite a journey. I’ve been a playwright, worship media technician, middle school special education teacher, researcher, documentary film maker, missionary, and, finally, pastor. Grace church is the fifth congregation that I’ve had the joy of serving. Before coming to Palestine, I was the pastor at Lexington UMC and Blue UMC, in Lexington and Blue, Texas. Prior to that, I was the founding Associate Pastor of CrossRoads UMC in Pearland, Texas and the Pastor-in-Charge at Smith Chapel UMC in Tunnel Hill, Georgia.
As the above implies, God took me on a meandering journey to equip me for ministry. I studied Theatre and Political Science at the College of William and Mary and hold a Masters in Education from George Mason University, a Master of Public Health from Emory University, and a Master of Divinity, also, from Emory University. In between semesters, I worked as an international missionary and researcher, primarily in Kenya and Paraguay with shorter term pieces all over the place.
I loved that phase of my life, wandering the globe and seeing the crazy stuff that God is doing, but I get a lot of joy now in being more planted in ministry, seeing how God can transform lives and communities, and being able to spend time with my family. My wife, Sidney, and I met in college and got married in 2009. We welcomed our son, Thomas, into the world in 2015.
When I’m not staring at my office wall and calling it “writer’s block,” I enjoy watching my beloved Astros (win or lose), going on road trips, playing with my son, hunting for vintage video games at flea markets, looking cool at coffee shops, and eating tasty food.