My parents got divorced when I was born, so I was raised by my mother. My mother did an incredible job raising my brother and me, but God was rarely talked about in our household. I believed in God like I believed in Santa Claus. As a child my life was built around sports, sports and more sports. My life was good – until tragedy struck.
On a Sunday afternoon when I was 13 years old, my mom got a call. My brother, who was 20 years old at the time, had been severely injured at work, and we rushed to the hospital. Little did we know that was the last day he would spend on this earth. Losing my brother was devastating. The few good thoughts I had of God were ejected from my mind.
After my brother passed away, I lived my life for what I thought would make him proud. I became a three-sport athlete and wrapped my identity around sports, accolades and popularity. In the back of my mind, I knew these things were fleeting, but I didn't know where else to go. This continued into college.
Upon entering college I joined a fraternity. By God's grace He intervened in my life through a guy on staff with Campus Outreach named Josiah Lawrence. Josiah lovingly and graciously began walking me through who God really is. I realized I was very bitter toward God because of the unjust hand I felt I had been dealt. During the summer of 2008, I surrendered my life to Christ and began walking humbly and intimately with Him.
Throughout college I was discipled by Josiah and was blessed with a model of what it looked like to love God and love those around you. I was blessed to be used by God in my fraternity to lead people to Himself. I graduated in May 2012, and God has led me to continue participating in the Great Commission at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village is that we would be a covenant community of believers who set their gaze upon the beauty of the Lord daily. I pray that, out of an overflow of His love toward us, we would be compelled to make His name famous by making disciples. He is so worthy!