I spent some time recently thinking about the fact that if you had told me in 2010 what my life would look like in 2020, I wouldn’t have believed you for a second. As I thought about it, it became so clear to me that God has been writing a story so much better than the one I would’ve written for myself – one for His glory and not my own.
By God’s grace, I was born into a Christian home to parents who love the Lord. I placed my faith in Jesus at an early age after hearing the gospel and realizing that I needed to have a personal relationship with Jesus. I followed the Lord in believer’s baptism a couple of years later. Looking back, I’m deeply grateful for the strong biblical foundation that was laid in my life through AWANA, youth group, church, and the Christian school I attended. That being said, ministry was the farthest thing from my mind when I graduated from high school.
I wanted to pursue my childhood dream of a career in public safety, so I enrolled in our local community college to study criminal justice and experienced a bit of culture shock as I found myself outside of my safe “Christian bubble” for the first time. God used the wise counsel of a friend and two sermon CD’s given to me by my sister to jump-start the maturing process of my faith and begin growing in me an insatiable hunger for God’s Word. Even still, ministry was the farthest thing from my mind. It was also around this time that I met a wonderful young lady named Veronika.
In 2013, Veronika and I married and I was a few months into my new career, but I began sensing that the Lord had very different plans for my life. He was calling me to be a pastor. We had both always been very active in church and served in many different ways, but as God was increasingly burdening my heart to love and serve His church and give my life to preaching His Word. I continued to wrestle with that call, but once I fully surrendered, I enrolled as a distance learning student at Moody Bible Institute as I looked for more ways to serve our church and continued working full time.
I graduated from Moody in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in ministry leadership with a concentration in preaching. In August of that year, we welcomed our first child, Silas, and I quit my job a few months later to move from Maryland to North Carolina for the next season of ministry preparation. As I studied at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, we joined Harvest Raleigh and poured ourselves into serving in any way we could. Among other things, I’ve had the privilege of leading our church’s student ministry, leading a small group, training and equipping new small group leaders, and preaching whenever our pastor needed me to fill in. The experience of serving a local church while studying in seminary was incredibly formative for me. I graduated with my Master of Divinity degree in May of 2019 and a few months later we welcomed our second son, Nathan, all the while praying about where God would lead us to serve.
As you can imagine, life with two little boys is lots of fun… and sometimes crazy. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cheering on the Baltimore Orioles, and spending time with my best friend and the love of my life, Veronika. We are so excited to see all that God has in store both for BCC and our family as He continues writing our story – for HIS glory.