In a Nutshell

Philly transplant. Sneaker lover. Perpetually tired father-of-four. Street art hunter. Asker of questions. Technology addict. History and sports nerd. Cake enthusiast.  Second best athlete in the marriage.

The Full Story

I’ve been a follower of Jesus for as long as I can remember. I grew up with parents who loved Jesus and modeled that well. I vaguely remember “accepting Jesus” several times as a kid, mostly in response to something stupid I did, mostly just to be sure it really “took.” I was a pretty moral kid. I didn’t drink, didn’t sleep around, didn’t curse…but not because I was seeking to honor God. I didn’t do those things because I wasn’t supposed to. I had my own stuff, but I tried pretty hard to hide it. (Because if other people don’t see it, it’s not real, right?) I assumed I was a Christian, but I didn’t fully get it, I wasn’t totally committed and wasn’t really living it.

The turning point for me came in my senior year of college. I had blown my knee out for the second time and was really struggling. My world exploded around me. God got my attention…fully. I realized I was living selfishly and had just been going through the motions. God had a part of my heart but not all of it. I understood in a new way that I was broken and completely incapable of fixing myself. My best efforts had caused me to withdraw into a shell and make bad decisions. I couldn’t do life on my own. I had tried and failed miserably. I knew I needed to be transformed, to be made new, and that was only possible because Jesus made it so. For possibly the first time in my life I feel like I really understood what it meant to be redeemed. It wasn’t about being a slightly better version of me. It was about being rescued from myself and the mess I make of life. And I liked it.

I never wanted to be a pastor. My dad is a pastor, and though I respect him greatly, I have always liked doing my own thing. I like being different. But after interning in the children’s ministry at my church for three summers, I realized I loved investing in people’s lives. I loved spending time with students and I loved digging into the Bible with them. After college, I thought ministry might be in my future so I got involved with the student ministry at my church. I loved it. I loved everything about it. And more than just loving it, it felt like what I was created to do.

I’m married to my best friend, Bethany. I like to meet people first because once they meet Bethany they like her more. She’s beautiful, kind, and funny but my favorite thing about her is that she pushes me to be better. I am deeply grateful for that. Together we live in perpetual exhaustion because of our four small children.

What I Do

My wife and I moved to Indiana to join The Ridge in January of 2017. We were looking to join a team that was committed to reaching their community with the hope of Jesus, where we could contribute and bring value. This job was a perfect fit. I am excited to dive into two areas of ministry that I care deeply about: unpacking the Bible to help people understand more about Jesus, and investing in children, students, and families. Explaining biblical truth in relevant, contextual ways is so life giving to me. I am a question-asker at heart, so I love engaging with people and digging into their hard questions. If you can’t get excited seeing Jesus transform people’s lives then there isn’t much that can excite you.

Life Before The Ridge

Before coming to The Ridge, I served as Teaching Pastor and Pastor to Students at Covenant Church in Doylestown, PA.

Words I Live By

I love James 1:22 – “Prove yourselves doers of the word and not merely hearers…” That verse speaks to my soul. I grew up in and around the church. The issue for me wasn’t that I didn’t know what was right…the issue was, was I willing to do that? That’s what James 1:22 says. It’s not enough to just know. Am I going to live out what I know to be true?

When I'm Not at Work, I...

Love stories. Love them. Can’t get enough. Because of that, I love reading and watching movies – the more creative and different the story and method of storytelling, the better. I’m also a sneakerhead. I love sneakers and enjoy hunting for stuff I like. I have…well, I have a lot of shoes.

Something that May Surprise You

I regularly got kicked out of 10th grade Spanish for talking too much. Maybe that’s not all that surprising.

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