I was born to missionary parents in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland. When I was 5 years old, we moved back to the states to Northeast Philadelphia. My father pastored a few churches around Pennsylvania until the 9/11 attack, and then when the war broke out my dad followed the Lord’s call to become an active duty Army Chaplain. I was in 5th grade when we began to move all over the world following my dad’s orders. I always considered myself a Christian, and I accepted Jesus on Easter Sunday of 1996. However, I never actually followed Jesus with my complete life until after I graduated high school in 2009. I went off to Liberty University with the perspective of wanting to learn what it truly meant to follow Jesus and live a Christian life. It was my second semester of my freshman year at LU when I knew that I was called to the ministry. So I changed my major and went after my calling. I transferred to Columbia International University for a semester, and then to North Greenville University where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Christian Studies with a focus on Youth Ministry. I was ordained at Northside Baptist Church in Columbus, GA on September 1, 2013 after working there as an intern under Rev. David Hardwick for two summers while I was in college. The church recognized my call to the ministry and ordained me to the ministry during my last semester of college. After graduation from NGU I was pursuing a youth pastor position in the Greenville, SC area. After a few months, I was sitting in Rocky Creek Baptist Church when I felt the Lord tell me to go to Shelby. After wrestling with that call, I contacted Skip and eventually agreed to come lead the Student ministry at Element-Shelby. With one financial miracle after another, the Lord took me through an incredible season of life where I had no choice but to live by faith and watch Him grow a student ministry when I could not. Following the Lord in obedience is the greatest adventure one could ever have in life, and it has been an amazing ride following Him here to Shelby.
My Hope for HCC
My hope for HCC is to see our church reach this city and community with a revival that Shelby has never seen before. I believe that the Lord has an amazing plan for this region and we get to be a part of it. My hope for the Radi8 Student Ministry is to see students choose Jesus over every distraction and option that the world has to offer them now. I want to see students step into their true identities as Children of God and take this world by storm with the Light and Love of Jesus Christ which darkness has no but to flee from.