Q: Where did you grow up?
A: College Station, Texas near Texas A&M University
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: Abilene Christian University
Q: At what age did you begin walking with Jesus?
A: I started to ask more questions and learn a lot more during middle school and high school. I always grew up going to church, but during middle school, my relationship with Jesus began to become my own. I started to wonder more, and my wrestling with God began during those years.
Q: What led you to pursue student ministry?
A: I had an incredible experience in my own youth group. My minister growing up helped to shape my faith and walk with me through some of the most difficult moments in my life. I grew close to a community of people who cared for me and loved me. I want to be able to create that for other students.
Q: You’re married, correct? What’s your wife’s name and what does she do?
A: My wife’s name is Merrill and she has worked in the accounting field. Currently, she is taking some time to find a job that she fits at best.
Q: What is your favorite thing about leading Junior Highers?
A: Probably how excited they get about random stuff. Everything can be the best thing in the world to them, and it is awesome to watch them get that way about their faith.
Q: What is your favorite thing about leading High Schoolers?
A: I love getting to talk about subjects on a deeper level and helping them take those topics and apply them to their lives.
Q: What’s been a highlight/story of something you’ve seen God do in a life of a student?
A: There was a group of students at our last church who made the decision to take on a lot more leadership responsibility. They made sure that there were not people who were left out or by themselves and as a result, the whole youth group grew closer together. One of our very shy students started to go out of their way to include some new kids who started attending. Even though she was uncomfortable with getting out and talking, she wanted them to feel welcomed and like they belonged.
Q: How do you and Merrill serve alongside one another?
A: We like doing student ministry together. We love getting to hang out with students. Getting coffee, eating snow cones, just getting to live life with students and be there for them.
Q: What can parents and students expect out of our student ministry?
A: We hope to build a strong connected community that pursues Christ and looks out for one another. We also hope to continue to build up leaders within the group and within the church. We are excited to get to know some of the people that are already involved in student ministry and look forward to putting some of the gifts this church has to work in this ministry.
Q: As a church, how can we best support you and the ministry?
A: Continually pray for the students and families. Middle school and high school are difficult and challenging years, but they are also some of the most formative years. Praying and also being willing to walk alongside students and families through the best and worst times. To some of the older people in the church, connect with parents and take them to lunch. Younger families, ask advice of those who are in the stages of life ahead of you.
Q: What do you and Merrill like to do for fun?
A: We love grilling. We like sitting on our back porch and talking about our day. Just getting to relax and refresh together and eat some good food. I love watching baseball and Merrill loves taking naps during baseball games. Not sure if this is clear yet, but we, mostly I, really like drinking coffee.
Q: Dogs or Cats?
A: Dogs. We have one dog named Finn and he is kinda crazy and loves people.
Q: If you could do anything other than being a Youth Pastor, what would you do? Like, sky is the limit.
A: For my boring answer I would say be a counselor. For my fun answer, I would love to be a ticket checker at Rangers baseball games in Arlington. I think it would be so cool to get to go to every game and get paid for going.