I grew up in Dallas, the youngest of four children. I was brought up in a home with both my parents. My dad was not a Christian, but my mom faithfully sought after God and encouraged my siblings and me to do the same. At 17, I had my first encounter with God when He began to soften my heart for Jesus Christ during the summer of my junior year in high school.
I began working out my salvation with the belief that my works gained God’s love. Having a passion for medicine and a love for science, I went on to college at the University of North Texas to major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. With the guilt of my failures in trying to be the “right” Christian and pleasing God, I found myself living in shame.
It was around that time that one organization changed the course of my life radically: The Navigators. Through the intentionality of a brother in a discipleship relationship, my eyes were opened to the grace of God. In January 2008, I fell in love with Jesus, confessed and repented of my sin and started walking with Jesus relationally.
After graduating in December 2008, I took a detour from pursuing medicine and went on staff with The Navigators at Bowie State University in Maryland. After going on a mission trip to West Africa, my affections changed from a desire to provide temporary healing through the practice of medicine and instead to proclaim the eternal healing that is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. This shift in my heart led me to move back home to Texas to attend Dallas Theological Seminary.
As God moved in my life, I developed a heart for the place of my upbringing, the inner city. Only God knows where this passion and vision to disciple, pastor and plant churches will go for me, but I desire to see the kingdom of God advance through transforming lives by the power of the gospel and ultimately seeing inner city families restored to health.
By God’s grace I have been given a partner to serve alongside—my beautiful bride, Whitney—and we are both looking forward to serving the body of Christ at The Village.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village is that we will have hearts ablaze for Jesus Christ and that the overflow of our hearts will draw people from all tribes, tongues and nations to taste and see that the Lord is good!