I grew up in Dallas in a Christian home. We went to church on and off and I am sure that I heard the gospel multiple times but my heart was never open to it. I would have said that I was a Christian but I never put my hope in Christ. I was always considered the good kid growing up and I put my identity in that but once I got to high school things changed. I still kept the persona of the good Christian but I lived another secret life filled with darkness.
After high school, I moved up to Denton to go to UNT. My first year was terrible. I excelled in school but in my personal life I was headed towards destruction. It was after my first year of school that the Lord found me. I had been running to everything except to God to solve my problems and to find worth and it had stopped working. I had run to the end of my means and I was left with nothing. It was at this point that God opened my eyes to see the sin that I had been walking in and that I needed to turn to him in repentance and faith, which meant making Jesus Lord of my life.
A month later at UNT, I met the woman who would later become my wife. Josie and I were married in 2009 and the next year I graduated from UNT with a bachelor’s degree in history. I became a member of The Village Church Denton in 2013 and since then have been seeking to discern and follow a call into vocational ministry.
Since I became a Christian, God has continued to conform me to the image of his son and while the process may be painful at times, I will be forever thankful for his grace toward me.