“He must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3:30.
That is my life verse. In all that I do, I want Jesus to become greater in my life as I become less. I want Jesus’s personality, his wisdom, his love and his direction to be more evident in my life. In a nutshell, when people see me, I want them to see Jesus.
That’s how I live my life and it’s how I orchestrate ministry. I want people to grow closer and more like Jesus as they engage with him personally. In fact, my life has been a serious of steps to grow closer to Christ in my walk. That began when I gave my life to Christ at the age of 8. In continued in high school as I preached my first sermon as a sophomore at Union Baptist Church in Union, Ky. As I went to college at Northern Kentucky University, I got involved in the Baptist Student Union. I met my wife, Sara, there. We were married in June 2001. At the time, I was a sports writer for a community newspaper. I did pretty well too. Things were going great, then, in 2002, God began calling me to ministry. I surrendered to the call and took my first church position—a part-time youth ministry position. Things were going great there too. The youth group was growing. My wife finished grad school. In 2006 God began tugging again—this time for full-time ministry. In 2007, I accepted that call too, uprooting our lives to move to Eastern Kentucky for a full-time youth ministry position. In 2008, Sara and I had a daughter, Elizabeth. In 2010, we were serving at a church and things were going great. Yep, you guessed it, God called again. This time he led us to Western Kentucky to be nearer to my wife’s family. We didn’t know it at the time, but the next three years would see us deal with death and illness with Sara’s family. In 2014, things were going great again. We served in a great church ministering to youth. Sara was teaching. Elizabeth was playing soccer and dancing. I published my first novel, Sheep Among Wolves. Then God called. He wanted me to be a pastor. So, we answered that call once again and moved to Glasford, Illinois to serve as senior pastor. We also blessed with the birth of our son, Anakin.
It’s been quite a journey. I hope, that through it all, people have seen more of Jesus and less of me. I invite you to come and check us out here at Glasford.