I was born and raised in Macon, Georgia (home of the Allman Brothers!). I was born into a family of faith-both sets of my grandparents and my parents loved the Lord deeply-for this I am eternally grateful. I recognized my desperate need for a Savior and Lord at a very early age, and the Bible and church have been a been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My dad used to wake me up at 5:30 in the morning to read three chapters of the Bible. It wasn’t always fun at the time, but the older I get, the more thankful I am for the obedience of my parents in raising me in a Godly home. It gave me a firm foundation and has made a forever difference in my own walk with the Lord.
After high school I headed west to Ole Miss for college. By his grace, God continued to use people and circumstances to draw me into an even deeper trust in him. I was involved with Campus Crusade (now Cru), and I joined the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity where among other things, I served as chaplain. Here, God gave me deep friendships, and allowed me to minister to and shepherd several of my brothers in the fraternity. Half of them were from the New Orleans area and brought me down on the weekends or holidays. I fell in love with the food, culture, and people. I knew in my heart that New Orleans would be in my future one day. Also, while at Ole Miss I met the most beautiful girl in the world, Melissa. We dated all through college and ended up getting married shortly after we graduated. God has always been at the center of our marriage.
Three years after we married, we moved to Mandeville. John Edwin was born shortly thereafter and then Katherine Gayle 3 years later.
Several years ago, God made it clear that he was calling us to a new church family; someone mentioned to us that a small church plant from Kentucky was meeting in the Lafitte Market in Old Mandeville, so we decided to check it out. We first visited in the summer of 2017. The people were genuine, the music was amazing, and the preaching was incredible-we saw God being glorified in every aspect of the service. Melissa and I knew immediately that this was where God was leading us. Since then we have continued to fall more and more in love with our family at The Field Church. We are grateful to serve alongside so many faithful, genuine believers.
It is our prayer that The Field Church continues to be a beacon of light-a place of true, lasting hope and peace- in our community.