I grew up on a dead-end dirt road in a little hamlet called Sleeper, Mo. I attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor in Journalism degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. Upon graduation, I moved to Paducah, Ky., to take a sports writing job at the local newspaper. After six adventure-filled years covering college athletics, high school sports and dirt track auto racing, I felt God’s renewed call to ministry and took a position as the youth director at New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the church which I’d been a member of since 2007. I also started working part time at the McCracken County Public Library. During all this time, I fell in love, got married, and got divorced. I believe in God’s abundant grace (hallelujah!), mercy, and above all, unconditional love.
I finished a grueling Master of Divinity degree at Memphis Theological Seminary in December 2019, commuting each week for four years from Paducah to Memphis and back. In January 2020, I was ordained as a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and installed as the associate minister at New Hope.
Currently, I’m serving as the pastor at Denton First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Denton, Texas, moving to the Lonestar State in January 2021. I’m looking forward to new adventures, big and small, with my new congregation.
I’m passionate about all things Star Wars. I enjoy riding my bike, attending to my two cats, and thrift shopping.