I was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. For one week during the summer until my confirmation in eighth grade, I would go to the Cathedral of the Pines church camp on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Lutsen, Minnesota. I have wonderful memories of those years.
Although I was involved in church activities as a pre-teen, I drifted for several years trying to figure out what life was all about. My junior year of college my quest ended when I came to understand how to have a good relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It was and still is a watershed moment for me. Jesus is much more than a relic of history, He is the living God! Bringing Christ into everything I do whether at work, home or play is my goal each and every day.
My first experience with Anglicanism was at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia where I participated in several Vocare weekends during my last two years at the University of Georgia. These weekends were designed to connect Episcopal college students to the roots of their faith. Many students developed a vibrant relationship with Jesus as a result.
Upon graduating college with a degree in International Business, I worked for Ford Motor Credit Corporation for a brief time. During this time, I felt a call to plant churches and went to Gorno-Altaysk in Southern Siberia Russia to reach an unreached people group, the Altai, with the Gospel. Upon returning home to Athens, my pastor asked me to be our interim Youth Pastor which ended up lasting four years. This was a formative time of ministry where I gained a heart to see people embrace their calling to know God and make Him known.
Shortly after my years as a Youth Pastor, I received a call to come on staff at The Church of The Apostles which at the time was a large Independent Anglican church in Atlanta, Georgia. While there, I served in a variety of roles on the staff, earned my Masters of Divinity Degree and was ordained to ministry by Dr. Michael Youssef. After nearly nine years at Apostles, I moved to the North Georgia mountains to lead a small church. God blessed us with continuous growth and our congregation moved out of an old house having to build a Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall in order to accommodate all that God was doing.
With a strong sense of God’s providential leading, I joined the pastoral team at The Church of the Cross on January 1st 2017. I know God has great plans for His people in our parish. God is calling us to big things, he is stretching our faith inviting us to participate with Him in His purposes.
I am currently working on my Doctorate of Ministry with a specialization in Anglican studies at Trinity School for Ministry, in Pittsburgh.
The love of my life is my wife, Gwen. She is a crucial partner in ministry. We have been married since 1996 and have three precious children who know and love the Lord; Joshua, Lauren and Noelle.
Oh and by the way, I enjoy fishing, hiking, exercising, hanging out with friends and college football. My team is the Georgia Bulldogs…Go Dawgs!