I grew up in a wonderful Christian family with amazing parents. Although I grew up in Wyoming (Go Pokes!) and all my memories are there, I was actually born in Washington state. I grew up in the small town of Wheatland which was about 3,000 people. I can never really remember a time when we were not in the church, it was just a huge and constant part of our lives. As a direct result of this, and my parents example and influence in my life, I accepted Christ at a young age. I remember the moment very clearly, I was sitting in my bedroom listening to the radio drama by Focus on the Family called Adventures in Odyssey, and at the end of the program the host asked if I had accepted Christ, and if I had not that I should do that and then go tell my parents.
I don’t think that I fully understood what exactly I was doing at the time, so, I later rededicated my life at Summer Christian Camp as a teenager. In my early teens I felt called to the ministry, and spent even more time at the church being mentored by my youth pastors, learning and growing. In my late teens and late high school years I wandered from that call and decided to go into law enforcement instead of the ministry. As a means to accomplish this goal I joined the Wyoming Army National Guard during my senior year of High school.
The August after my graduation I left for basic training and spent the next several months away from Wyoming doing training in Missouri and Georgia. After my training I returned to Wyoming and moved to the state capital to begin my college studies. I really had no clue what the plan was and ended up changing majors 3 or 4 times in the course of one school year trying to find something that I could see doing for the next 30-40 years. During this time I got really involved with a great church, helping with the youth group, worship ministry, small group ministry, welcome team… basically anything that could be done at the church I wanted to be helping with it. I ended up volunteering with a Christian ministry that came into town and was reminded of my calling, and at that point I knew that I needed to be be in ministry full time.
I sat down and looked at my options. I figured that the best way to accomplish the goal of being in ministry vocationally was to get a degree in a relevant field. So through a little bit of searching I ended up attending Moody Bible Institute in Chicago IL. My 4 years at Moody was an amazing and transformative experience where I met some amazing people, and grew a lot. I majored in Pastoral Studies, and took as much Greek as I could! Right before I left for Chicago, I met the woman who would become my wife! We were friends for a year, dated for a year (both were at a distance) and then finally got married in 2017. Hannah joined me in Chicago for the last year of my program, and got an amazing job as a personal trainer in the suburbs.
During my last year at Moody I applied to Dallas Theological Seminary, and got accepted shortly after. So, the day that I graduated from Moody. we hit the road to Texas. I am now in my final year of my Masters of Theology (ThM) and am excited to see what God does in our lives next!