I was born in Oklahoma to a single mother. My father left her before I was even born. I grew up in a small town with one traffic light that only worked for a very short portion of my life. My grandfather pastored the small church I was fortunate enough to grow up in. Life wasn’t easy for my mother as we grew up, but I never realized the hardship. I had the perfect life.
I received my first computer when I was 14 years old. I used it to play games and, eventually, started making websites. Trust me, those 1990′s websites were NASTY!
I was called into the ministry at a young age but I didn’t really want to admit it. It was in a youth revival in Dewar, Oklahoma that I surrendered my plans for a computer science degree and followed God’s will for my life.
His will took me to Jackson College of Ministries in Jackson, MS. I didn’t realize it but that move was one that would change my life forever. I met some of the greatest people in the world. I sat in classrooms and listened to the passionate teaching from the likes of Donald Tipton, Steve Burns, Danny Aber, and the best friend I ever had, Cai Larsen.
Bro. Aber and Bro. Cai took time out of their hectic lives to help a nerd from Oklahoma grow up. Cai became a very close friend. During my senior year at JCM, Fred Foster, the current president, asked me to teach classes and handle the school’s media and website. (those first websites were good training)
I accepted and taught my first Bible College class, Microcomputer Applications, my senior year. After I graduated, Dr. Foster asked me to stay on and teach, continue with the school media and marketing, and to assist him with the school of Theology.
I was blown away and accepted immediately. I had dreamed of that since my second day on campus! My teaching was SO awesome that crowds came from miles around to enroll! Actually, after one year of teaching, Dr. Foster retired and the school closed down to “relocate.”
Cai went to Texas Bible College and, 1 year later, I was in Lufkin Texas as the Promotions Director of Texas Bible College. Little did I know that a year later, my best friend, Cai Larsen, would die in a horrible accident at his home in Texas.
Life changed a lot for me that year. I was married to the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. Cai was supposed to be my groomsman so we left a spot open for him in the wedding. I still wish he had been there.
Today, my wife and I are student pastors in TN and living a pretty good life. We do have some great dreams though.
We desire to eventually, Lord willing, to start a church in Downtown Seattle. I have Belltown picked out personally. Belltown is right down by the space needle. There are thousands of people in that surrounding area. One of these days, we hope to reach them with the Gospel.
One of these days I would like to return to Bible College ministry as well. There is something addictive and special about teaching a class in a Bible College. If you ever have the chance to experience it, you should jump at the chance.
Other than ministry I am a complete nerd. My wife is a complete awesomeness. She can sing like a big-lunged angel and writes amazing songs. She also has a home project diy blog that is more successful than mine, a point I am angry at all the time.
We have a Yorkie named Hollister and he is the sissiest guard dog in the world.
He whined at me all night tonight until I got out of bed and moved a fan that was blowing on his food bowl. Apparently he doesn’t like to eat when it’s windy.
Even when things are dark and I get frustrated with life and discouraged, looking close by I can always see that I am so blessed.
Thanks for finding my about page, I’ll try to make it more interesting one of these days.