Where are you from?
I was born in Garland but grew up mostly in Round Rock, Texas. They have awesome donuts there.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
When I was really young, I wanted to play football in the NFL. After one year of seventh grade football, I realized that the NFL didn’t take too many slow, weak 5’5 kids and I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. A few years later, God called me to ministry.
Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Baylor University in 2008 with a degree in Film and Digital Media. Then I graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Truett in 2013.
What do you do to relax?
I love watching my Baylor Bears or Texas Rangers, or any sports really. I like to play guitar, listen to music, or spend time with my wife and daughter. I might play an occasional NBA game on the Xbox too.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three books would you want with you (not including the Bible)?
1. I’m going to go with some sort of survival book because I know nothing about living in the wild.
2. A joke book because I’d need something to laugh at, and
3. A book about building boats, so maybe I’d be able to get off the Island. I might also need a Wilson Volleyball to keep me company.
What is your favorite movie?
I enjoy lots of movies but can’t say I really have a favorite. Anything that makes me laugh is a good bet.
What’s musicians are currently being played on your iPod or CD changer?
NeedtoBreathe, Relient K, Foy Vance, Coldplay, Josh Garrels, Mat Kearney are some of my favorites, but I like a variety of music.
What is your favorite snack or dessert?
It’s a tie between french fries, and chips & salsa.
What do you like the most about your job?
First is the people. We have great people at Highland and to be able to serve with them, love them, and be loved by them is a joy. Secondly, I love being able to study God’s word each week and share with people how it can change their life.
What would be surprised to know about you?
Although most of my job involves working with people, I’m actually kind of an introvert. Also, when I first felt called into ministry, I didn’t think I could do it because I didn’t think I could be a public speaker (even though I know now that you don’t need that gift to be in ministry); now I preach every Sunday.
If you could meet three people from the Bible, who would they be? Why?
1. Daniel—Someone who walked through a furnace and spent the night with a den of lions would be a pretty interesting person to talk to.
2. Methuselah—If you’re around that long, you’re bound to have some interesting stories to tell.
3. It’s obvious, but i’m going to go with Jesus because who wouldn’t want to meet Jesus face-to-face? You have to wonder what it would be like for Jesus to be walking the earth in today’s world. What would He do and say?
What is your favorite scripture?
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV)
I grew up in a Christian family, where we were in church every Sunday. I always believed in God on some level, but it wasn’t until I was 14 that God really changed my life at a summer camp. It was then that I began to realize that God wanted a relationship with me and wanted to be involved in my daily life. It was then that i truly decided to give my life over to Christ. Ever since then, it has been a journey with ups and downs, but it has always been worth it. I’m still learning and growing (hopefully), as I try to follow Christ in my life. That’s the cliff notes version, but I’d love to talk with you more about my story, if you’d like to know more.
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