I was raised just next door to Mandeville in Lacombe, LA by parents who pointed me to the Lord all the way through my childhood. Growing up in church and having my parents teach me the truth of the gospel, at age 8 I prayed with my parents to accept Christ. After that not a whole lot changed for me, I continued going to church, bible drill, and Wednesday night youth group. I knew a lot about the Bible at a young age, who Jesus was and what He did for me and for all who have faith in Him (Romans 3:24-30). What I didn’t realize is that simply knowing about Him wasn’t enough. I had to give everything to Him. It wasn’t until I was 15 years old at student life camp that I truly turned my life over to Christ. I can’t tell you who the speaker was or even what the message was about, but what I can tell you is that I realized I had never truly followed Christ. That night my life was changed forever.
As life went on through my teen years into my young adulthood I allowed my life to distract me with school and sports, relationships and popularity. At age 20 I joined the Military and became a United States Marine. My time in the Marines was by far the biggest challenge to my faith. I can relate to Paul when he said “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Romans 7:15. I found myself in sin and trying to hide it. I wanted to fit in with the guys I worked with, but I wasn’t sure how to do that and still be a good example of Christ. Even though it was hard I realized it was God’s way of growing me for the years to come.
Toward the end of my enlistment I had a big decision to make—whether to re-enlist or head home. Through a lot of prayer and time in God’s word I realized I needed to head home. I began looking for a Church family to get involved with, which led me to TFC. Chad began discipling me shortly thereafter and he helped direct me in my calling for the ministry.
God has given me the desire to share the gospel with youth. It couldn’t be more fitting because I can be a kid with them and teach them the most important lesson in life—that Jesus Christ died so that we may live!
My prayer is that we as a church come together for the sole purpose of glorifying God by reaching the people around us in our daily lives. Sharing the gospel with them and helping them come to treasure Jesus!
My desire is that our youth in the same way will treasure Jesus so that we can pass it off to them when our race is finished (2 Timothy 4:7) and know they will share Christ with the world around them.