My background: I am a Presbyterian preacher’s kid and a child of the church. I don’t remember when I decided to follow Jesus – but I do remember that the Christian faith seemed like a heavy burden loaded with disappointments. That began to change when I met some joyful Christians who helped me understand that Jesus Christ was pursuing a relationship with me. And it became even more clear during a week at a Young Life camp called Windy Gap. After that, I wanted others to know that joy. I started serving in youth ministry just a couple of years later while earning an engineering degree at Auburn University (War Eagle!) and later during an eight year career designing cool stuff for Navy Divers in Panama City.
I was ordained as an Presbyterian Elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Panama City in 1993 and, after earning an MDiv at Austin Seminary, as a Teaching Elder (which allowed me to serve as a pastor) in 2000. I have led two 200 member congregations prior to launching First Coast Missional Communities. It was in these local church that I developed a passion for discipleship and mission – and for that I am grateful. And that’s why I’m giving my life to helping people discover the joy of living in community, on mission, surrendering deeply to Jesus Christ.