I’ve been a student, a teacher, a follower, a leader, a failure, and a success. Through it all, I’ve always been a believer. A believer in mercy. A believer in grace. A believer that God is sovereign. A believer that out of His great love for me, He sent His Son to die for my sins. A believer that even though I may fail Him, He will never fail me. A believer that He will never allow me to have more than I can handle…good or bad.
Born and raised in Searcy, Arkansas, my parents divorced before I was 5. I grew up with a younger sister and a younger half-sister, then in my early 20’s met my two younger half-brothers. I guess you could say that I have experienced almost every type of family there is. (Still waiting to experience the long-lost rich uncle type, though.)
I took my first Youth ministry position at the age of 16 for a small, rural church whose youth group was made up of Jr. High students. I “graduated” to Music/Youth Minister when the song leader left during my first year there. At 18 I joined the Navy and became an Electronics Technician and later a Naval Instructor. After 9 years, it was time to move on, and I moved back home to Searcy and became a volunteer youth worker in my home church.
One month after volunteering, the Student Pastor resigned, and I took over most of the youth group duties until a new Student Pastor was called. I continued volunteering under the new Student Pastor for three years, and God used that time to change my perspective on student ministry and equip me for things to come. Six months after telling the Student Pastor that God’s plan for me did not include another staff youth ministry position, I became the bi-vocational Youth Minister at a slightly bigger, small, rural church.
In between all of this, I’ve visited many places, gotten married, found out that we are unable to have children, and been a foster-parent. God rarely leads us where we expect to go, but I’ve learned to trust that His plans are much better than mine. It is my hope that you have, too!