It was a Friday night in May 2006 in Pemba, Mozambique when I finally gave my life to Christ. Our team had been serving at on orphanage there all week doing various projects and sharing the Gospel with people. That night was different because we were worshiping with the very same people that we had shared with that week. When I looked around and saw those who the world would consider the poorest of poor worshipping God with their whole heart I felt my own heart begin to melt and everything that I had heard in church for years before this began making sense. It’s almost as if everything just clicked and at that moment I knew I had to give my life to Christ because right then it hit me how lost I was without Him. That was when I finally asked for forgiveness for all those years of being a fake Christian and living a lie. From that day on my life had a new meaning which was to live for Christ!
My call to service came when I was in college. After I gave my life to Christ in May 2006 I still had three years of college left to finish out my degree and I began getting involved in various campus ministries. From leading worship to heading up Bible studies it seemed that almost every night of the week was filled with some sort of ministry event. It was then I realized that my heart was for ministry. After spending a summer in Serbia teaching English I was completely decided that my call was to the ministry.
In response to that calling after college I decided to attend seminary at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. At the time I had absolutely no theological training but I knew I needed to know more to effectively share the Gospel. I completed my degree in college, in marine science, and decided to drastically change the course of my path to line it up with where I felt God was calling me. My life was now motivated by the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 rather than by the “American Dream.” I looked at how men of the Bible responded to God’s call such as Abraham who gave it all up to go to a foreign country. After looking at their lives I knew I needed to step out on faith.
In the years that have followed seminary I found myself serving in North Carolina and South Carolina before moving to Pittsburgh. God has used trips like the one to Africa to instill in me a heart for those that society has cast out. My wife and I moved to Pittsburgh to start a church. God broke our hearts for the people of the city. God showed us the power of His faithfulness in our time in Pittsburgh. He has developed in me a love for people I never knew I could have. I’m so thankful that I get the opportunity to lead my family in following God wherever He calls us to go.