In John 15:16, Jesus tells his disciples, “you did not choose me, but I chose you.” Over the years, this verse has helped me understand my Christian experience. I did not become a Christian until I was 18, leading into my first year of college. I was not involved in a serious pursuit of Christ. Rather, by His sovereign grace and love, I came to a point where I realized how desperately needy I was. At the time, the language I had to pray was, “God, I don’t want to live this way anymore, will you change me?” And that’s what He did. At that moment, I believe new life was born.
Yet, I struggled with legalism and immaturity for years until I read a book in college that clearly explained the gospel. The Spirit enabled me to understand the beauty and significance of the finished work of Christ. I began to understand that I did not need to earn or maintain my salvation. I learned that God did not want my mere behavior; He wanted my heart. He wanted me to delight in Him, treasure Him, and worship Him above everything else. As John Piper says, God wanted me to glorify Him by being satisfied in Him. This season transformed my heart, helping me see my great need for Christ and Christ’s great sufficiency for my need, and nothing has been the same since.
After graduating from Oklahoma City University, Stephanie (my wife) and I began to attend Providence Church. For both of us, Providence was our first true church home, and the Lord grew, sustained, and developed us through the beautifully ordinary gospel ministry of the local church. I served as the student minister from 2015-2020 before transitioning to The Trails Church in 2020. In 2021, I completed my Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
God has shaped me through the local church, and my passion is to help the church grow in fulfilling the Great Commandment and Great Commission through treasuring Christ and clinging to Him. I've been shaped by Christians who invested in helping me treasure Christ rightly, and that's what I want to do for others.
Stephanie and I have two wonderful sons: Graham and Deacon. We love getting to be a part of The Trails Church, and we hope the Lord will use us to care for His people, helping present them mature and beautiful in the finished work of Christ!
My Hope for The Trails
I hope to help disciples at The Trails find their greatest joy in Christ so that God may receive the glory He deserves. I hope to help Christians connect how the gospel produces a holistic life of worship, and I hope to help Christians leverage their lives for the good of the body, their neighbor, and the nations. I hope to see North Texas transformed by the gospel through the faithful ministry of our body and the Christ-centered joy of our people.