I grew up in southwest Oklahoma in the small town of Central High. After graduating high school in 2000, I attended Oklahoma Baptist University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Religious (Biblical Languages) in 2004.
At OBU, I met my wife Amanda, and we married in the Fall of 2004. Soon after, we moved to New Orleans to attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In August 2005, we -- along with thousands of others -- were impacted by Hurricane Katrina. We lost most of our possessions in the storm and returned to Oklahoma to regroup (much to the thanks of Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond).
In 2006, we returned to New Orleans for completion of our Masters degrees. Amanda and I fell in love with the people and city of New Orleans. I went on to work for the seminary as Director of Financial Aid and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament in 2013.
Following our time in New Orleans, we moved to Bay St. Louis, MS to pastor First Baptist Church. After a couple of years there, we returned to Oklahoma to pastor Emmaus Baptist Church.
Amanda and I have three children. We love to travel, read, minister, and play together as a family! I'm fascinated by meteorology and golf, but I'm more than happy to be in a season of life devoted to family and pastoral ministry. Plus, pastoral ministry keeps me plenty busy as I seek to care for others and help them study and apply God's Word.