Growing up, I attended church less than a dozen times. I had always felt a pull toward something bigger but ultimately lived for myself. Despite a pastor taking me in for my last two years of high school, church was something I did, not felt. For over a decade after high school, I practiced “religion” but continually felt the weight of Matthew 7:23: “And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” I knew the Sunday school answers and quite often looked like the “good” neighbor, or even to some the “good” Christian, but had yet to be fully called and was still letting idols run my life.
During this time I married my wonderful, supportive and godly wife, Lindsey. As my Heavenly Father turned me over to those idols in order to ingrain on my heart the words of Isaiah, “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness” (Isa. 46:12).
Almost seven years ago, He called me to Him and rescued me from my pretending! I heard the gospel, believed in the gospel, and it radically reshaped my life and priorities! My marriage became Christ-centered, and Lindsey finally received the husband whom I pretended I could be when we were courting. We began attending The Village in 2007 and then the Denton campus the first Sunday of 2008. We became Home Group leaders in 2009 and have also served as premarital counselors.