For as long as I can remember, I’ve been involved in church. I grew up in a Christian home in Richardson, Texas. While attending VBS at the age of 9, I prayed the salvation prayer with my youth minister, but I didn’t completely understand the meaning of my decision. When I look back at my time growing up in church, I realize that my biggest take away was a skewed idea of what it meant to be a Christian, that God was more concerned about my behavior and me being “good.”
My preteen and teenage years were not easy. I loved being a part of youth group and learned plenty about God; however, the more I learned, the more I doubted my own salvation. I must have rededicated my life hundreds of times. When I was 14, my mother, who was my biggest spiritual influence, died after battling breast cancer. Simultaneously, I was struggling to figure out life without my mom, while navigating the inherent awkwardness and challenges of being a teenager, as well still trying to learn and grow in my understanding of what it meant to follow Jesus. God was good to me and my family through it all, using friends and members from our church to support us and help meet felt needs. And he continued to faithfully pursue my heart and meet me in various ways.
While serving as a missionary in New Zealand during my early 20s, Christ became real to me in a way I’d never before experienced. I could feel His presence and love for me, and my desire for Him grew stronger. As I came to know more of Christ, He began to show me that I was to serve Him in ministry. I returned to the States and began attending The Village.
Through my time attending and serving on staff at TVC, God has revealed to me His goodness and faithfulness while showing me the depth of my sin and my tremendous need for Him. And in his kindness, God has given me a loving wife, Leana, and a beautiful little boy, Clark.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village is that we would constantly strive to “lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely” as the Lord reveals the brokenness in our hearts. May we always seek to treasure Christ above all else and follow obediently as He leads us down paths of righteousness, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable that may be.