My story of redemption is one of Christ’s precious and persistent pursuit of my heart. I grew up in Wichita Falls, TX as an only child to two unbelievably awesome parents. When I was a kid, we regularly attended a Lutheran church, and at the age of 12, I heard and cognitively understood the gospel message. However, with a lack of discipleship and desire, I continued to live my life in service only to myself. This style of living would continue through high school as well as college as I chased after all the things of this world, looking for meaning and satisfaction in the creation rather than the Creator.
In the midst of it all, the Lord blessed me with an unbelievable girlfriend who was much farther along and established in her relationship with Christ (outside of God’s providence, I don’t know why she was with me). Through some cunning and intentional persuasion, we began attending church together and serving in kids and youth ministry. It was during that time, and through those opportunities of service, that Christ began to soften my heart. I started to grow in my love and knowledge of Christ and His people (the Church) and began understanding what it truly meant to make Him the Lord of my life.
Well, that college girlfriend of mine would eventually become my wife, Emilee, and the mom to our four daughters: Berkley, Halle, Paisley, and Charlee. I am forever grateful to the Lord for His grace to me through them. It is such a joy and a gift for me to be married to my best friend, and to be teaching and training our girls together of God’s great love for them and the sacrifice that Jesus made on their behalf.
Currently, I serve as the Director of Family Ministry and Director of Trails Students (7th – 12th grades). I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve at The Trails Church and to partner with our families in their own process of discipleship to their kids. I continue to be amazed as I look back at my life and see God’s grace in His relentless pursuit of me, and it’s His grace that is the fuel for my continued spiritual growth and in my ministry to others.
My Hope for The Trails
My hope for The Trails Church is that we would be a church that cares deeply about one another, that makes much of God’s holy Word, and abides in Christ’s love, grace, and mercy towards us. That this would be a place where the gospel is seen and heard in our gatherings, through our ministries, and in the lives of our members, so that sinners might be saved and that God would be glorified.