My story is nothing special, it is just the story of a guy who kept saying yes to God. Throughout this journey of life God has asked me to take a 1,000 steps of faith. Here are a few big ones:
Born and born again
I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Thankfully, I was blessed to have been born into a family that believed in Jesus Christ.
Raised in church with my father a pastor, then a missionary, and now a pastor again, I grew up very familiar with God and church. At the age of six, I began to ask several questions about death and heaven. It was through these questions that I came to the realization that I needed to have Jesus in my life. I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and be the Lord of my life on a Sunday at the end of one of my father’s sermons. A couple weeks later, I followed Jesus in baptism as a testimony of the salvation I found in him.
Surrender to Ministry
In middle school, I was given the chance to go to church camp for the first time. It was a whole new experience in my walk with Christ, and gave me the opportunity to worship him like I had never done before. During the last night of camp God asked me to surrender my life to him, so I said yes. That decision at the age of twelve completely changed the direction of my journey through life.
In high school, at another church camp, God asked me to surrender to student ministry. I said yes to this too, but only if I could start serving now and not when I was done with college. I made it a point to get involved as much as I could with the student ministry at my church. At first it was just helping my student pastor set up chairs and running the sound for worship. Over the years my involvement grew, through discipleship, into a greater leadership role with the opportunities to lead and teach my peers.
College and internships
In 2006, I went at Baptist Bible College and spent the next three and a half years studying there and helping out at High Street Baptist Church. Each summer, I was given a chance to do an internship with a church in the area of student ministry: ’07, ’09, ’10 at Abundant Life Baptist Church and ’08 at Ocean View Baptist Church. After graduating from BBC, I spent a year and half looking for a place to work as a full-time student pastor. During my search, I spent time volunteering at a couple different churches and completing my graduate degree through Liberty University.
Becoming a Pastor
In 2011, I was hired on as a full-time student pastor at Topeka Baptist Church. I have completely enjoyed my time there and have grown tremendously in my faith while being a pastor. I have had the privilege of seeing kids accept Christ as their savior and baptizing them. I have taught in vacation Bible schools and taken kids to 12 summer camps. I was able to preach to a congregation that made me feel like Billy Graham with their compliments. I found friends and discovered family with those that attend Topeka Baptist, and have made memories that will last a lifetime.
At the beginning of 2014, I was reading through Romans and the Holy Spirit grabbed ahold of my heart and completely broke it in chapter 10.
As I read these verses over and over, I knew that I could go and I could preach. I knew that God was asking me to surrender to church planting in a place where people were not hearing his word. I said, "Yes!" and began to pray about which city to go to. As time went on, God put London on my heart and I knew that I needed to go visit this city. What I found there completely confirmed that London was to become my new home. Now, I am super excited to see how God will use me to be a part of Saving London.