I was born November 22, 1984 in Odessa, TX and raised in a small West Texas oil field town called Crane. Growing up, God graced me with the best family I could have ever wanted. Though we were not rich and I was not given a free ride through my adolescence, my parents loved me and did their best to give me everything I needed and a lot of stuff that wasn’t a necessity. Above all, they raised me to love God and trust in Him.
Despite their love for God, my parents’ love for the church was crushed by the time I was four years old due to immaturity in some of their fellow believers. (I am not placing blame, but just saying that stuff happens). We left church before I turned 4 years old; shortly after my brother was born, and I was raised without a church family helping me along.
During this separation from the church, I tried to unite with other believers in F.C.A., fifth quarters, and a few random Sunday invites from friends. Through all that time I never doubted my love for and trust in Christ that my family had instilled in me, but all the talk of “getting saved” confused me.
At 16, I decided it was time to get serious about my faith and plugged in to church because it was obviously something lacking in my life. I contacted the new pastor at the church of my childhood and asked to go to church camp. It was at that camp that I understood the message of the Gospel and what salvation really means according to Romans 10:9-10, and I was made certain that my faith in Christ was real and personal.
Since that day, I have known that Jesus loves me and will not let me go, and as the years roll by, I continually see the effects of His goodness and grace transforming my life little by little. I was “baptized with the Holy Spirit” while in Bible College, and now I spend my time preaching the Gospel to the lost, training fellow believers to reach their neighbor and the world, and praying for healing and deliverance to anyone in need.
As I long for the day of final perfection, I have the joy and honor of inviting others into this same journey with Jesus that I am on. What a privilege!
“To God be the glory.”