Associate Pastor - Caring & ConnectingOffice: Room 2004 of the Family Life Center
Role at First Church: Associate Pastor: Evangelism/Connecting (including new members and Discover the Church), Pastoral Care, Compassion Ministries (including Stephen Ministry), Iron Men and Young Adults.
Started on Staff: July 2016
Education/Background: I grew up in South Arkansas and East Texas. I graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas with a degree in Biblical Studies, and attended seminary at Perkins School of Theology where I received a M.Div. I am an ordained elder, and previously served as an associate minister at Arlington Heights UMC in Fort Worth.
Family: My wife, Samantha, works as an attorney for Allstate Corporation in Dallas. We have two dogs.
Favorite Scripture and why:
I have many favorites, but the passage that sticks out in my mind is the story of four friends lowering the paralytic through a roof to be healed by Jesus (Mark 2 or Luke 5). Jesus honors the faithfulness, determination, and creativity of the individuals working together to help someone experience Jesus’ healing grace.
Favorite Movie: North by Northwest, or any Hitchcock film.
What I like best about my ministry: I love being present to witness God move in the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. I feel specifically called to lead the people of the congregation in sharing the love of Christ with one another. I am passionate about leading the church in reaching out to the least, the last, and the lost both around the world and within the local community.
For fun I enjoy: I race cars in a series called The 24 Hours of Lemons with some friends from college. Each car has to be purchased and prepped for only $500, so we spend more time wrenching on our jalopy than racing. Aside from cars, I like to read crime novels, travel, and spend time with Samantha.