Student Ministries Pastor
In 8th grade I was an exceptional student and a talented athlete, but I had become convinced that my value hinged on my performance in life. I was overwhelmed by the weight of my own anxiety. At the time I knew about Christianity, Jesus and the Bible, but it was during that trial that my relationship with Jesus became intensely personal and indispensable. I became convinced of the reality of His love and my untouchable value as a child of God, in spite of my successes or failures. I’m astonished at how Jesus has so radically transformed my life in just 28 years.
I’m thankful that God brought me into this world under the loving care of my parents, Jeff and Rachel. I’m proud to be the oldest brother of 3 amazing siblings, Sarah, Scott and Jacob.
In 2007 I met my beautiful wife Christie while we were both attending colleges in Virginia, where I was born and raised. After getting married in 2009, we soon moved to Massachusetts and I began studying at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS). Last summer I graduated, along with Christie, who completed Northeastern’s Physician Assistant Program; she now works at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. Christie and I enjoy living in Framingham, eating tasty Mexican food, and hanging out with our dog Henry.
My journey to TCC:
After moving to Massachusetts in 2010, I was convinced that while studying at Gordon-Conwell, God was leading my family to join the community at TCC and serve. As student ministries’ small group leaders, we quickly discovered that the middle school and high school students in this community are amazing! During my first 3 years I treasured the opportunity to learn from Doug Bunn, the student ministries pastor and an influential mentor during my high school years back in Williamsburg. At TCC, I’ve served as a small group leader, intern and interim youth pastor. In 2014 I became the Student Ministries Pastor.
It has been my joy to serve with students on international mission trips, study God’s Word with them during small groups, compete against them in crazy games like Grog and Sozzle, and share meals together.
A meaningful verse to me:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. – Colossians 3:15-20
When I read this passage, my sense of Jesus’ power and purpose is renewed. In so many ways I intentionally (and unintentionally) relate to Jesus as if he was just a nice guy with brilliant morality or an insightful teacher. Sometimes I act as if he is nothing more than a personal therapist. But Jesus is more than just a moral exemplar, teacher or therapist. Jesus is the creator, not a created one. His supremacy is incomprehensible. He is the sustainer of life. He is the head of the Church. He is the ultimate peacemaker. He is the savior King.