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March Came Like A Lion

You’ve probably heard that old expression about the month of March:  It comes in like a lion but goes out like a lamb.  That was certainly the case for a lot of people in our community this year.  On March 1 an F2 tornado seemingly came out of nowhere and descended down on our community,…

Beauty Will Rise

…And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2b Another night at the bedside of a dying church member… Another counseling session with a couple whose relationship has been ravaged by the enemy… Another heartbroken mother for her wayward daughter… These are just a few moments of the last few hours…

What This World Needs

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 (ESV) Paul delivers great news to the saints at the church at Rome here. He tells them that “we have peace with God.” By no means is Paul talking about a “sense of peace” or…


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What do you do at Grace Life?

Most people think of me as “the” pastor. In reality, I am “one” of the pastors at Grace Life. The word “pastor” means “shepherd”. A shepherd leads, feeds, nurtures, comforts, corrects and protects the flock. So while by God’s grace I aim to do all of those things for His glory and the joy of this church, the most important thing I do here is feed the church the Word of God.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

As a pastor there isn’t anything better than seeing someone grow in their personal relationship with the LORD.

How long have you served at Grace Life?

I have served at GLBC for a total of almost 12 years. Three years in student ministry and nine as pastor.

Where are you from?

I am from the great city of Woodstock Alabama.

Who is in your family?

My high school sweetheart and wife of 18 years is Shannon. We have three children: Isaiah is 14, Caris is 11 and Elijah is 4. We are also in the process of adopting a baby girl.

How did you come to a relationship with Jesus?

My parents raised me and my brother and sister in church. They taught us about God and His Word. I was a very young boy when Jesus saved me at a revival service.

How did God call you into vocational ministry?

I was pursuing a degree in elementary education and working at a residential treatment facility for boys when one night I had the opportunity to lead a young man who lived in that facility to Christ. Something dramatically changed in me that night. Along the way God did many other things to point me in the direction of ministry. I withdrew from the university I was attending and enrolled at Southeastern Bible College convinced that if I would study God’s Word that He would lead me in the path that He wanted me to go. I began volunteering in the church I attended and soon thereafter they asked me to serve as a part-time youth pastor. Four years later I was blessed to have the opportunity to serve the LORD in full-time vocational ministry.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am a homebody. There is nowhere I would want to be more than at home with my family. I also enjoy hunting and watching Alabama football. I know, exciting right?

What’s your favorite Bible verse?

Whichever one I am currently studying.

What have you read or listened to lately that you’d recommend to others?

My small group just completed Matt Chandler’s “The Explicit Gospel”. I would recommend the book by that name or the small group study which includes teaching sessions with Matt.