I grew up in a Christian home with eleven siblings. We attended church regularly, competed constantly, and were all required to get jobs at a young age to begin to learn the importance of hard work. As I grew older, I immersed myself in just about any activity that I believed would validate my self worth. Motivated by the need of approval, I worked hard to become good at everything I could; I played multiple sports, did well in the classroom, played the piano, participated in art competitions, and competed in memory verse trivia at church. I attempted to excel in just about every aspect of life that I could, because I desired to be accepted by my family and friends. The truth is, however, most of my relationships existed in order to make me feel better about myself.
College took a huge turn for me. I began to buy into the "college-life culture" and my identity as a "christian" became less and less important to me. God got ahold of my heart going into my senior year of college. I began walking with Him closely, and quickly, my desires, as well as my career plans, changed tremendously. I began viewing my relationships as opportunities to love the body of Christ and share the truth with the Lost. I dedicated the rest of my college experience to growing closer to the Lord and sharing Him with others. After graduation, I went on staff for Campus Outreach at JSU; after nearly 2 years at JSU, my wife and I moved to Troy to do ministry in a place that feels like home.