I grew up in a small town in Missouri that I miss a ton and hardly ever get to go back to. Since leaving to attend Bible College in St. Louis, I’ve served in small, medium, and large congregations in sleepy little towns (i.e., Moweaqua, Illinois: pop. 2,000) and in crowded urban centers (Houston, Texas: pop. 2 million plus). No matter where I am, the reason I am sucking air is to preach the Gospel. Whether I’m speaking, writing, or helping the least of these, my life goal is to get people thinking about Jesus. By God’s grace, I’ve had the opportunity to do just that in the United States, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and India.
I graduated from St. Louis Christian College with a degree in Bible and Youth Ministry in 2003 and then from Lincoln Christian University with an MA in Church History/Historical Theology. I got the chance to author two books, including the 2012 self-published title, A Conversational Commentary, a book that fetched me a nod from The Houston Chronicle, Katy Christian Magazine, and The Salem News. I get to contribute and advise at http://www.teensundayschool.com, an online resource company for ministries around the globe. In addition, I’ve contributed to Immerse Journal, http://www.relevantmagazine.com, and The Journal of Student Ministries. I’ve had the honor to speak at a variety of camps and conferences, leadership retreats, and serve as adjunct professor for St. Louis Christian College.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about those who do without and lose hope for the life to come because of their hopelessness in this life. My wife and I have talked a lot about how to do more for the least of these and obey Jesus’ call from Matthew 25. So we started a nonprofit called The 25 Group and are attempting to leverage the wealth in the American church to fund global Kingdom work. You can find out more about The 25 Group on Facebook or Twitter or at the tab on this blog. Your gift of $25/month would go a long way in helping us achieve our mission, and you can give right here. It only takes a couple minutes to sign up and if you’re like most people, you’ll not miss the twenty-five bucks.
Without a doubt, my greatest accomplishment and personal joy is being the husband of Kari and the daddy of Nora and Malachi. I’ve been going at that for over a decade with no plans of slowing down any time soon.
I love watching Charlie Rose, cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals, and eating Mesquite BBQ chips. Any day I get to drink some good stout coffee, eat some beef, and preach the gospel is a good day.
Or if you are a big fancy businessman/woman, here’s my LinkedIn