Born originally in Shreveport, Louisiana, I was raised in small towns in Virginia, Tennessee, and finally in North Carolina where I finished high school. My siblings and I were absolutely blessed to grow up in a Christian home where the traditions of church were embraced and service was expected. At the age of 7, I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior at a church revival and was baptized. The fiery evangelist helped me understand at a young age that I wanted to be with Jesus in Heaven versus the alternative. Later at age 13, I rededicated my life to the Lord to acknowledge with clarity what I had decided at a young age.
I attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, finishing with a couple of pharmacy degrees and most importantly, finding the love of my life. However, I had an unresolved tension as I stepped into a liberal culture that challenged my faith. That question was, “Do I only believe in the Lord because I grew up in a Christian culture?” It was a question that lingered for me as Joy and I were married and moving around the country to finish up our post-graduate work in Dallas, Texas and in Greenville, North Carolina.
After moving to Huntersville in 2001, it would be the birth of our son, Noah, and our daughter, Claire, that God would use to answer that question definitively. The gravity of being a father helped me appreciate my Heavenly Father’s love for me and continued pursuit of me. I finally understood that He not only wanted my obedience but my relationship. This time became a defining moment in my life, where like Thomas, I knew Jesus Christ as “My Lord and My God!” (John 20:28). Since that time, the Lord has used His church, some godly men, a faithful wife, and His Word to grow and fashion my faith in Him.
God brought us to LIFE Fellowship in 2012 where we have had the opportunity to serve, grow, and worship with an incredible community of Christians. We feel fortunate to be a part of what God is doing through LIFE Fellowship to share the love and good news of Jesus Christ locally and around the world.