I was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. My family moved around a lot when I was a kid; my dad was military for a while and then had a few different ministry jobs. When people ask me where I grew up I say Colorado and Louisiana. I lived in Denver, Colorado 4th grade through 7th grade, and then in Denham Springs, Louisiana 8th grade through graduating High School. I went to college at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska where I double-majored in Christian Education of Youth and Biblical Studies. I graduated in 2002, and then spent 13 years in full-time Student Ministry before stepping away for a little while.
My life took some major unexpected turns a few years ago…it has definitely been a journey that I did not anticipate. I daily seek God for strength and healing, to recognize what he is doing in and through me, and to see where he is leading me on this journey. I currently reside in Salem, New Hampshire. After taking a break from ministry (as a result of all that happened), God has given me opportunities to be back in Student Ministry again. I am currently the part-time Student Ministry Pastor at Bridgeway Christian Church in Derry, New Hampshire.
I have 4 children; Noah, Alexandra (Ali for short), Hope, and Kate. I love the times I get to spend with my kids!
I also enjoy watching or playing basketball and football, blogging and writing, speaking, traveling, hiking, watching movies, going out to eat, and spending time with the people I love.
I am passionate about seeking the truth of God’s Word, learning how to properly apply that truth in my life, and finding ways to creatively and effectively share the truth of God’s Word and how to apply it with others. I have authored the books Blurred Vision, Enough, and Broken.
When I have the opportunity, I enjoy traveling and going on mission trips all over the world. My travels include visiting Nepal, France, Austria, and Hungary as well as multiple Mission Trips to Romania, Belize, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ecuador, Guatemala, and the Philippines. Here at home I have had the opportunity to travel to much of the United States.
There is a quote by William Carey that really describes my focus and passion in life: “I’m not afraid of failure, I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” I want my life and how I spend my time to count, and that is what motivates me in my life.