Originally from Fort Wayne, I was born right after the infamous Blizzard of '78. I spent my childhood, teenage, and young adult years living in Central Florida. In August of 2000, my family decided to move back to Indiana and in the summer of 2008, I relocated back to Fort Wayne. Almost 10 years later, I accepted the opportunity to become the Director of Outreach Ministries here at Trinity United Methodist Church. After a year as the Director, I became lead pastor.
I am blessed to come from a long line of pastors and missionaries, with a Godly heritage that extends back multiple generations. Raised in the church, I often felt the call to vocational ministry. I have spent the last 15 years working in some form or fashion to bring the Kingdom of God “to Earth as it is in Heaven.” For the last six years, this desire has led my family to the downtown/inner city area of Fort Wayne. I am very excited to be here at Trinity and I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us.
I have been married for 15 years to my beautiful wife Jessica, a Carroll high graduate and Fort Wayne native. We have been blessed with 2 wonderful children-my son Koleson and my daughter Zoe. In my spare time, I enjoy watching and participating in an assortment of sports (Go Liverpool FC), running, working out, coaching, music, and reading.
I have a bachelor's degree in Church Business Administration as well as two master's degrees: an MBA and a master's in ministry. I hope to start my pH.d in the next year or two.
Being lead pastor at Trinity has been a highlight of my life and ministry. I stand on the shoulders of many pastors who have gone before me and I am so excited to watch God continue to use Trinity to love others. We believe, as Henri Nouwen once said, "Judgment and Compassion cannot co-exist." My prayer is that wherever you are on your faith journey, be it non-believer, skeptic, questioner, or life-long disciple, you will find a safe space here at Trinity to ask the difficult questions and work through the struggles. Trinity has been a safe space for me to do just that.
Be grateful (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and expect more (1 Corinthians 2:9).