Right now: I’m a husband and dad. Director of External Mobilization. College ministry advocate. Ministry explorer.
I’ve already had my share of ministry adventures. If what I’ve learned can serve others, then that’s what I’m aiming for.
After growing up in Dallas and coming to Christ at an early age, I made my way to Texas A&M University. Little did I know, but in that amazing ministry “incubator” of college, God was preparing me. The first adventure meant early graduation from college to head to West Texas for college ministry there. I ended up enjoying several years of college ministry out there and a stint as a full-time college minister in Dallas. (It would come in really handy that I’d seen college ministry at a big state school, in a town with small Christian schools, and in a big metro setting.)
All the while, I was learning. (I’m a learner.) I went to seminary and got a particularly nerdy degree there, but I also spent a lot of time mulling over all I was learning in practice, in conferences, and from my ministry peers. I even started road tripping – taking extensive trips across the country to further explore ministry outside my own region and circles.
Then came the yearlong road trip, and a wild experience that forever shaped me. On that trip, I observed college ministry throughout the United States – visiting 181 campuses and sitting down with 300+ leaders to learn from them and about their work. But I also spent weekend after weekend visiting churches – 165 weekend worship services (which is a lot for 53 weekends, right?). After that trip, six additional big road trips rounded things out – and now I’ve seen campuses in every state but Alaska and visited weekend church services (as a regular ol’ guest) in 33 states and D.C.
Throughout those years and adventures, I’ve learned a lot about trusting God. I’m not very entrepreneurial by personality, but I tried to keep saying Yes to whatever God showed me.
Back in Dallas, I started attending Watermark Church, where I now serve as the Director of External Mobilization. So I get to spend every day thinking about individuals and how we can equip them to serve our community and our world. It’s a great job, especially for a ministry processes nerd.
It was also through my church that I reconnected with a college buddy, Catherine…who became my wife in 2013. We have one daughter, Sophie.