Director of Student Ministries
782-0550 ext. 31
When small town America was being defined by Webster in his dictionary, he was writing about the places in which I grew up. Lawton, Michigan had no stoplight, has no stoplight and in all probability, will never have a stoplight. I never broke my neighbors window with a ball for two reasons. I never could have aimed well enough, and Peyton Manning couldn’t have thrown the ball far enough to hit their lawn much less their house from mine.
My family moved down to Fuquay-Varina during my junior year of high school, so I immediately became southern. Fuquay, being the largest town I had ever lived in, was a warm-up for coming to Raleigh and NC State a year and a half later (GO PACK).
I received a Bachelor of Science from NCSU in Agricultural Business Management in 1996 with a minor in Economics. During my final semester in school, I began working with the youth at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church. While at Hudson, I also tried the secular work-a-day world selling medical equipment. That was a fantastic couple of years, and in March of 1999, I was offered the Director of Youth Ministry position at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. I was excited about the possibility of doing full-time Ministry and spent the next five years with St. Michael’s. In the fall of 2002, I began work on a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Charlotte.
Erin said, “YES,” in January of 2001 and we were married in August. Not only was I surprised that she agreed, so was everyone else.
God has used Ephesians 3:20-21 as a real watchword in my life. “Now to him who is able to immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work with us to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” This passage has shed hope in tough times, pushed me in other times, and refocused me in times of needed refinement.
Fun for me is spending time in the woods with my dogs. In the “Old Days,” a horse would have accompanied me, but more recently, I’m as pleased as pie swinging in my backyard in a big hammock.