I can say without a doubt that the Lord has been extremely faithful to my family and I, even before I acknowledged Him. I didn't grow up going to church, and my identity was soccer and baseball. When I would fail on the playing field, my anger would often show itself. I loved playing sports but hated the person playing them. I was smaller, slower and not as built as the other kids in my eyes. I excelled just as much as they did but hated myself. At 13, my escape was drinking with my friends because all my horrible thoughts seemed to disappear. Between my eighth and tenth grade years I was chasing a lifestyle that was nothing more than an escape. I was popular, winning awards in soccer, making great grades in school, but my heart was very empty.
I had been going to Young Life since my freshman year. My leaders never stopped pursuing my friendship even when I would present nothing but disappointments to them. They were always there, and I am so thankful for their relentless pursuit. In the summer of 1997 I got alcohol poisoning, and a few days later boarded a bus heading to North Carolina for Young Life camp. It was at this camp that I heard the gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time. Because of some deaths of loved ones, I had major issues with this Man who they said loved me and died for me. On June 13, 1997, I was sent out for 15 minutes by myself in the middle of camp, and just asked the Lord if He was really who these people said He was. A peace fell over me as I confessed years of hatred for who I was and what I had become. It was in that moment that the Lord called me to Himself.
Through a crazy sequence of events, I ended up going to Hardin-Simmons University to play soccer. I went in as an immature believer, but was blessed to walk with some great friends who loved Jesus. I began doing Web Development for a small company there, which allowed me to move to Lewisville since I worked from home. I began attending The Village because I knew several of the guys on staff from my days at HSU. It was here, that I heard a honest and transparent gospel that has continued to challenge and transform me. His grace is sufficient for me; His power is made perfect in my weakness. It was also at The Village where I met my beautiful wife, Lyn, and we got married in June of 2008. In March of 2006, I began working for an Interactive Agency in Dallas where I learned a lot from many talented people. In February of 2008, I left my job in Dallas and came on staff at The Village. I can honestly say that it's been the most fulfilling move that I have experienced. The gospel of Jesus Christ is transforming lives around us daily, both locally and globally, and to get to see and hear those stories is priceless. My wife and I are blessed to be the parents to Grayson, Rhodes, Broncie, Ayden, and Azra.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village is that we as a body of believers would mirror the grace and mercy that Christ has given us. I hope we continue to be a place where it is okay to not be okay, but not okay to stay in whatever place you are wading through currently. My prayer is that this group of believers would be known for showing Christ, not ourselves, to the community around us. I love the transparency of every individual from the top down, and my prayer is that we never lose sight of who has redeemed us, Jesus Christ.