I have been at Ridgedale as the Student Pastor since 2014. Before coming to Ridgedale, I served churches in Tennessee and Kentucky and graduated from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville before earning my Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. I met my gorgeous wife Emily in Louisville while we both attended Seminary and we have three children, Perry, Macy, and Nolan. I am beyond humbled that God allows me to serve His local church as a student pastor.
My calling and salvation experience begins with being raised in a Biblical Christian home. From an early age I saw the Gospel as my parents disciplined me to help me understand sin and consequences. Through the teaching of my parents, the local church, and VBS I began to understand my need for salvation. At age six I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. I was very active in the youth ministry at Colonial Heights Baptist Church seeking to serve the local church from the encouragement of my parents, but my understanding of scripture was very basic and surface level. The first two years at UT proved to really press my Biblical worldview and I really drifted from serving in the local church. During this time, my college pastor confronted me because he did not see much fruit from my life as a Christian. It was at this moment when God started to impress on my life a call to ministry while I was trying to decide what to major in at UT. From that point forward, my Christian life began to be much deeper than it had ever been as a result of a commitment to daily scripture reading, prayer, and devouring theology books. Because of my experiences, I seek to serve students in ways that will prepare them spiritually for life after high school.
I was raised in Kingsport, TN and The Hague, Holland. I spend my spare time with my kids, coaching Perry’s tee-ball team, playing Barbie with my daughter Macy, holding Nolan, hanging out with my wife Emily, building with wood, and watching the Braves play baseball.