I was born in raised in Ashland, Kentucky in a family that had no involvement in church. By all accounts I had a wonderful, loving family, but Jesus or church wasn’t anywhere in our minds. I was a young boy in the third grade and very much idolized my father. Anything he did I wanted to do and if he didn’t want to do it, I automatically did the same. We went on like this for a while until my sister, Chelsea, started going to church from a friends invitation and came into a relationship with Christ. She immediately became set on seeing me and my parents come to know Jesus as their Savior. My dad had been turned off from church at a young age from feeling extreme judgement based on his appearance alone. This led to him not wanting to return to the church so when my sister approached him it was a very quick no and my response matched my idol.
One thing that my parents have always been extremely supportive and my sister decided to use this to her advantage by signing up for the church summer play, which she got a role in. After a long period of begging us to come see her play, my dad finally caved in and the three of us went on the very last night. It was there I heard the Gospel of Jesus and what He had done for me. I realized I was so lost and I needed to set my eyes on my Heavenly Father, not my earthly one. That night I talked with a man who walked me step by step through the Gospel making sure I understood everything Christ had done and why it was necessary. He then asked me if I wanted to accept Jesus as my Savior, and that night I prayed to receive Christ as my Lord and Savior. Amazingly, the following days saw both of my parents pray to receive Christ.
Following this my family got heavily involved in the church and began growing together as a family and things were really great. That was until I reached high school and the idols of popularity and approval began to rule my life. I strove to be in the popular crowd and when i would fall short of that I would be left feeling angry and bitter. This really continued until I graduated and got involved with the Baptist Campus Ministries at Morehead State University. I was given leadership opportunities very early on and started to develop a desire to deepen that relationship with Christ. Throughout my time there the Lord slowly began to uncover a desire to commit my life to vocational ministry,and the idea of church planting weighed heavy on my heart. In February 2018 i sat down with our camus minister, Matthew Mofield, to discuss this calling and he referred me to his friend from college that had gone to plant a church in Louisiana, Chad Wiles. This led to me coming down and interning with the Field in the summer of 2018, going back to finish my senior year of college, and coming back as a Pastor-In-Training. Throughout my life I have continued to see how undeserving I am of the Lord’s grace yet He has always continued to be gracious. Romans 6:14 says “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” I strive to rest under that grace all the days of my life, glorifying God and living evangelically.
My desire and prayer for the Field Church is growth in biblical community with one another and missional living within our community. When we look at the New Testament we see such clear ways we are called to be in community with one another (Romans 12:3-13 is a great example) and the glory God gets from this type of community. My prayer is that we would all adopt a biblical mindset of community (loving one another, bearing one another’s burdens) all stemmed from Christ’s love for us, and allow that to fuel our evangelism in Mandeville and all surrounding areas. If we are truly loving and caring for one another the way the Bible teaches and commands, we will be in a wonderful position for God to work in our lives and the lives of those around us.