I grew up in a single parent household of all guys. We attended a Lutheran church occasionally, but it wasn’t until I joined a local Baptist youth group that I heard the gospel clearly presented for the first time. I became a Christian at the age of 13 and was discipled by my youth pastor throughout my high school career. His investment in my life set a Biblical foundation for the importance of discipleship.
After high school I went to Benedictine college to play football. I then transferred to begin studying religion at Missouri State University. My faith was thoroughly challenged. I grew discouraged and was filled with doubts about the Bible. I remember saying to my friends, “If this is the God I worship, I want nothing to do with Him.” This was a pivotal moment in my life. By the grace of God and unwavering support of my close friends, I pursued a deeper understanding of Christ and authority of the Bible instead of walking away from my faith.
I got involved in Cru, a ministry on campus, and traveled to San Diego on short term mission. I met my wife, Katie, that summer. We were married in 2010 and I finished my degree in Religious Studies and Communications shortly after. Before working here at Fellowship, I worked with college students for several years.
Katie and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first child due to arrive in June of 2016. We hope to expand our family of 3 in the future through adoption, something we’re both passionate about. Along with spending time with my family and the student ministry, I also enjoy athletics, fitness, and personal training.
My Prayer for Fellowship
My prayer for Fellowship would be that students would meet Jesus, be discipled, and become effective Christians who are engaged in the culture for Jesus.