I grew up in a small farm town on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River. My mom and I spent most of my formative years in the home of my conservative Pentecostal grandparents. As a teen, I rebelled against the legalism that accompanied the holiness tradition and threw myself into the party scene of our little town. In the fall of 1990, while in a drunken stupor, I had an encounter with God that altered my life and eternity. My life had been so marked by God that others compared my dramatic transformation to that of Paul’s on the Damascus road. There was an immediate passion to reproduce in others what God had started in me. On November 25, 1990, my first sermon was delivered to a group of 75 students 90 minutes before I was to be baptized. Four of them gave their lives to Christ and the five of us were baptized together. I was hooked!
In July of 1993, I married my church camp sweetheart, Haley. She has given me three awesome kids: Cadyn (13), Gavyn (12) and Addisyn (8). God has graciously expanded the reach of our ministry from the little room of 75 students to opportunities around the world. But the most rewarding part of our ministry and the greatest honor of our lives is being called “Pastor” at Northplace Church in Sachse, Texas.
WHAT I DO
I’m the Lead Pastor at Northplace Church, which basically means that I reap the rewards of the hard work of the dozens of paid staff and volunteer leaders who call Northplace home. My “job description” says that I am: The Guardian and Ambassador of the Vision, The Stewardship Guru (that means “fundraiser”), The Primary Preacher and The Leadership Developer.
However, “job description” insinuates work. But, when you’re doing what you love, it’s unfair to call it work!