I’ve always been persistent in my pursuit of personal fulfillment. The problem was that I used to persistently pursue things that could never fill me.
I was born in Chicago and was raised by two awesome parents who supported everything that I was involved in. I was raised Roman Catholic and partook in all the aspects of Catholicism, even though my understanding was minimal, and I was nominally Catholic at best.
Growing up, I remember being so concerned with myself and my own image. I allowed other’s opinions and approval dictate the way I lived in hopes that I would be accepted and that the empty feeling inside of me would subside. I attempted to fill the emptiness with drugs, alcohol, relationships, sports, popularity, and success. But when I woke up in reality every morning, I was scared and depressed.
At 19 years old, on March 28, 2005, Easter morning, my mom died in her sleep. There were no symptoms or prior complications. She just didn’t wake up.
This absolute devastation to my life helped me to realize that there was a bigger picture to life than what I had been living. I realized that this life is temporary. Life couldn’t just be a means of temporary fulfillment.
Little did I know that God was about to show me the real reason I was empty, and the real reason I felt purposeless. He was about to show me that I was made for more, namely to be in a relationship with Him and live on mission for Him.
My best friend from high school, Joe Oliver, had entered into a personal relationship with Jesus through the ministry of Campus Outreach, at Eastern Kentucky University. Joe came home for my mom’s funeral, and he began to tell me what it really meant to be a Christian, what Jesus had done for me on the cross, and what that meant for my life. I heard what the Bible truly said for the first time in my life.
I wanted what Joe had, and the only step I knew to take was to be around Joe and the people who had impacted his life. So, I got accepted to EKU, and through the efforts of Joe and the ministry of Campus Outreach, I surrendered my life to Jesus and began an all-satisfying relationship with the God of the universe, through what Jesus had done, and I began to live for His purpose!
I still didn’t completely understand everything about the Bible or how to be a Christ follower, but I knew God, and others, would be with me on this journey.
After graduating with a Pre-Medicine, Biology degree I knew God was calling me to spend my “vocational” life telling others about how to come into a relationship with God, through Jesus. I fell in love with the Bible and wanted nothing else than to spend the rest of my days shouting it from the rooftops.
While attending Seminary, I pastored middle school and high school students at Center Point Church, in Lexington, KY. I eventually became the planter and pastor of Center Point’s third campus and graduated with my Masters in Church Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. In 2014 God used the book of Jonah to call me to His plan of planting The Field Church.
My wife Kasey is my best friend, and we have three beautiful children, Natalia, Preston, and Zander.
My prayer for The Field is that we would truly be a vibrant church where people are joyfully treasuring Jesus, genuinely loving one another, actively reaching the people in their “worlds” and around the world with the gospel message, and are being passionately equipped to do the work of the ministry.