Hometown: Burkeville, VA
Family: After meeting our senior year of high school, and then leading Young Life at James River High together for two years, my wife Kayla and I were married in December of 2014. Kayla worked at Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee in Daleville for two years, then went on to help start the Rwandan branch of a charity organization called Hands Producing Hope. She has a gift for finding deep joy in everyday things, and she loves making our home into a refuge of peace and welcome for all kinds of people. In 2016 we had the honor of welcoming our daughter Eleanor into the world. Her name means “bearer of light” and she is exactly that.
Background: I worked in construction and remodeling for four years before serving as a missionary and school principal in Rwanda. My great passion is ministry, a calling that has led me to serve as a Young Life leader, youth group leader, and worship leader.
My passion at Orchard Hills: To encourage people into greater joy, freedom, surrender, and adventure, as they learn to know and love the heart of our King.
Something not many people know about me: At one point in my life, I may have been Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice or Wesley from the Princess Bride in various local thespian productions. It’s all a little fuzzy though.
Favorite illustration of a biblical truth: I love the illustration of life as a path. From Jesus saying in John 14:6, “I am the way,” to Prov. 4:18 saying, “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter to the full light of day,” that metaphor continues to give me context and structure for processing my experience.
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” - Jer. 6:16