One of the blessings of being at a church with an ever growing number of new Believers is that those of us who have been followers of Christ for a while get to watch as new brothers and sisters in Christ grow in their knowledge of God and His Word. I’m routinely challenged in my…
In preparing this week for worship on Sunday, I began thinking about what actually leads us to worship the Lord. In it’s most simple definition, worship is our response to God’s glory. When God reveals Himself to us, His character, His heart, His will for our lives, how we respond to Him is our worship….
I am so blessed to help pastor a church family who truly desires to see God glorified in their daily lives. I am so tremendously blessed in fact, that I routinely question why God allows me the privilege of being a part of it. Even though it’s challenging sometimes, more than anything else, God’s call…
What do you do at Grace Life?
I have two main responsibilities at Grace Life. The first is to plan and lead musical worship during our worship services. I work with an army of volunteers who sing, play instruments, run sound, video, and lights. I also work with many talented musicians who mentor our students and children as part of their own age-appropriate worship ministries. My second responsibility is to oversee the media and communications at Grace Life. I work with an incredible team of photographers, video producers, graphic artists, and web designers who are responsible for printed materials, social media, videos, and our church’s website.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
It’s such a privilege to introduce a new song to our congregation and, as they learn it over time, see it become their song of praise. It transforms from a song they’ve never heard to a song that passionately expresses what they feel in their heart and know about our God!
How long have you served at Grace Life?
I started serving at Grace Life on September 1, 2007.
Where are you from?
I lived in Tennessee my whole life until I moved to Alabama to serve at Grace Life. My dad is a pastor, so my family moved around a few times growing up, but I always lived in Tennessee.
Who is in your family?
I met my beautiful wife in college in Nashville. She was auditioning for a choir of which I was the student-director. Needless to say, she made the cut! I have four amazing children who teach me every day. My oldest boys are twins: Nathan and Logan (6). I have a little girl: Charlotte (4) and a baby: Jacob, who’s growing up way too fast!
How did you come to a relationship with Jesus?
I am very blessed to grow up with two Godly parents. My dad is a pastor and so I heard Biblical truth rehearsed and rephrased time and time again as he studied for his sermon. When I was six years old, I remember coming home from church with my mom with a desire to ask Jesus into my heart. My mom talked with me for a while about it, while we waited for my dad to return home from church. Both my parents knelt down with me on the couch in the living room as I prayed and gave my life to Christ.
How did God call you into vocational ministry?
I played trumpet in band from 5th grade through college and was involved in youth choir and adult choir in church. When I was a senior in high school, I had one more elective to take and my best friend suggested I take show choir. I had been in church choir before, but through this school ensemble, God gave me a renewed love for music, specifically choir. While it was abundantly clear that I couldn’t dance and still can’t, I realized that God gave me a great love of music and a unique calling to serve and worship Him through using music.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I don’t have what I would consider any hobbies. I’m not good with tools and I listen to music for a living, so I can’t count those. I do enjoying cooking and trying new recipes, usually changing them to make them “better”. My favorite thing to do is to hang out with my family, doing whatever. Like most parents who work, I struggle to find balance between work and family. So, when I have a chance to be with them, I jump at it!
What’s your favorite Bible verse?
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” -John 15:13
What have you watched, read or listened to lately that you’d recommend to others?
Worship: The Ultimate Priority” book by John MacArthur
“When Helping Hurts” book by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
“When The Stars Burn Down” album by Travis Cottrell
“Let The Future Begin” album by Passion
“Duck Dynasty” TV show on A&E