God began pursuing me at an early age. I was 6 years old when I heard Him for the first time in my living room in Memphis TN. Six years later I made my decision to become a Christ follower at the Youth Evangelism Conference in Nashville. When I was 16 years old working in my front yard, I heard the Lord’s call to me, “Go be fishers of men”, a broad, but sure calling that He would grow and develop specifically over the next decade of my life.
I made my way to Belmont University, an unexpected but providential detour from my original plans to attend The University of Mississippi. It was here I met my wife Heather and we married shortly after graduation. In the final years of college, while studying youth ministry and Religion, the Lord helped me narrow my focus to working with children.
After graduation, my new wife and I moved to North Carolina to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. A series of events led us to take a break from school, and do some healing in the home of my Mother and Father-In-law for a season. It was during this time that I encountered the Lord in a different, deeper way. He had some things to teach me that couldn’t be learned in a classroom and that I never would have chosen to learn voluntarily. It was one of the most challenging and formative seasons of my life.
The Lord then led us to finish seminary at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where I was able to concentrate my degree in the “new” field of Children’s Ministry learning from some of the best leader’s in the field. In the year 2000, ClearView called me to the position of Children’s Minister, where I have remained since that time.
We’ve since added 2 children to our family, Hallie, through the miracle of adoption and Judah born to us 2 years later. Miraculous is the appropriate word to describe our journey into parenthood, which took 17 years to begin.
The Lord continues to faithfully show up in my life, just like that morning in my living room when I was 6 years old. He continues to teach me how to follow Him, while fishing for men.