Bio & Education
Throughout my life, God has been leading me on a path of diversity. With roots in the small rural town of Palatka, Florida, my first church home was a small Methodist congregation. I then attended Catholic school during my teenage year and befriended people from many walks of life. As a college student, I headed to Virginia to prepare for a life of ministry and then returned to Florida to serve faithfully at a conservative Baptist Church. I can honestly say that God has been consistently leading me into the unexpected, and I am excited to see where God leads me next.
On my résumé, you’ll see that I have a history of long term committed service. I have been under such leadership all my life, and I have seen God do great things when people are faithfully committed to serving Him. I am looking for a permanent home where I can serve and lead a group of believers to accomplish great things for the Kingdom of God. Knowing that this work will not always be easy, I am committed to faithfully serve where the Lord leads me. As a Pastor, I believe God has given me the gifts of Shepherd, Teacher, Administrator, and Visionary. With these giftings and an overarching priority for strong Biblical teaching and preaching, I believe, God will grow the local body and His Kingdom for His glory.
Through my ministry experience, God has equipped me with many pastoral and technical skills ranging from conflict resolution to web design, and biblical teaching and worship leading to administrative management. God has gifted me with a natural curiosity that allows me to quickly learn new skills, adapt to any given situation, and understand the complex workings of systems and technology. God has allowed me to hone these skills and abilities so that I can thrive in almost any ministry context. I have been successful at maintaining meaningful relationships with staff and church members both past and present and have been complimented on my patience, kind demeanor, and discernment when dealing with difficult situations.
On a personal note, I have been happily married for 18 years to the love of my life, Amanda. We have 3 young children: Micah (11), Hannah (7), and Addie (5) and Matthew (3). I am a very hands-on dad, as my wife and I try to raise each of them to love and obey the Lord. To this end, I have committed to make my family a priority as I whole-heartedly fulfill God’s call on my life. But this heart for family extends to my church family as well. My ultimate desire for both my family and church family is to lead them into a growing relationship with Christ and each other.
From the point at which I accepted Christ as a teenager and then trained faithfully through college and seminary, to my over 20yrs of combined ministry experience, I strongly feel God has been preparing me for an opportunity to serve a local body of believers with my ministerial and technical skills.