Below is a bit about my work experience and educational background, but here is what I most want you to know about me as a pastor: At the heart of my faith is the conviction that if we want to know what God is like, we look at Jesus.
When we open the gospels and see Jesus curing sick bodies and healing broken hearts, we see what God is like.
When we see Jesus standing up to bogus and self-serving religion, we see what God is like.
When we see Jesus affirming and loving rejected or excluded people, we see what God is like.
When we see Jesus absorbing the sin of the world on the cross, and rising again in victorious love, we see what God is like.
Bottom line: I try to let Jesus show me what God, and a human life full of God, looks like. Here is some other stuff about my background:
I am a native Arkansan, and have served several appointments in the state: Assistant Director at Henderson State Wesley Foundation (2001-2002), Pastor at Huntsville UMC and Presley Chapel UMC (2008-2010), Associate Pastor of Preaching and Christian Education at Pulaski Heights UMC in Little Rock (2010-2013). I also served churches in Texas while attending seminary at Southern Methodist University in Dallas: Como UMC (2004-2006) and Caddo Mills UMC (2006-2008).
Before coming to Living Waters, I was the United Methodist Chaplain at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN (2013-2016). I am also currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
I did my undergraduate work in Sociology at Arkansas Tech University (1997-2001) and earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Arkansas (2002-2004), before earning a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. I was ordained an Elder in the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2012.
Andrea and I have been married for over 15 years now, and have two really wonderful daughters. Andrea works as an ICU Nurse at Washington Regional Medical Center.
I love watching baseball, binge-watching Netflix shows with Andrea, hiking, working out, running with my daughter, meditating, and doing yoga and Tai Chi (these are all the things I need to do to stay sane). I feel immensely privileged to get to do what I love for a living, and would love for you to be a part of our community as we seek to drink deeply from Christ’s living waters!