Favorite Movies:
Toy Story, Interstellar and The Goonies.

Favorite Books:
“Creativity, Inc.” by Ed Catmull, “Orbiting the Giant Hairball” by Gordon MacKenzie, “A New Kind of Leader” by Reggie Joiner and “Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast” by Josh Funk

Favorite TV Shows:
Friday Nights Lights, Fixer Upper and Miles From Tomorrowland

Favorite Lyrics/Quotes:
“A Bible story isn’t over until a kid knows what to do with it.” – Dan Scott
“Texas forever.” – Tim Riggins

Favorite Bands:
NEEDTOBREATHE, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Sleeping At Last, Valerie Ann

For Fun I Enjoy:
Taking my son on wagon rides, taking pictures and taking road trips to see bands I love.

Favorite Bible Verse(s):
Acts 4:18-20
Romans 15:13

What I Like Best About What I Do:
In any given week, I get to write stories and read them in a teepee, launch things out of cannons, build forts, shoot and produce short films, dress up like an astronaut and influence a generation of kids and leaders. My heart is to awaken wonder and provoke discovery for God in the hearts of kids and families.

Bio:
I was born and raised in Richmond, VA. As a kid, I routinely raced my brother as we crawled under the pews of First Baptist Church. I usually let him win. Thanks to some amazing leaders like Lynn Turner, I learned that God made me, God loves me and He has a plan for my life.

After graduating from Godwin High School in 2001, I enrolled at Bluefield College. I wrote for the paper, led Bible studies, preached in backwood-Baptist churches and even donned the mascot uniform and time or two. I received a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in communication in 2005.

In September of 2005, I moved back home and joined the staff of First Baptist Church, Richmond as a youth ministry intern.  After two years working part-time for my home church, God opened a door for full-time ministry in Charlotte, NC.  In March of 2007, I assumed the role of 6th Grade Ministry Director at Forest Hill Church.

I was blessed to be a part of a team that had no creative ceiling. We told stories, shot cannons, chucked chickens, we even performed an opera, all to tell God’s story to kids and families. It was in Charlotte that I was introduced to the wonderous world of children’s ministry. After four fruitful years in family ministry at Forest Hill, I moved back to Richmond in November of 2010 and began attending Hope the first Sunday I was home.

After serving as a volunteer and intern, I officially joined the staff in 2012 as Director of Hope Kids. In June of 2015, my wife Sarah and I welcomed the birth of our son Noah.