About Me At A Glance
- I’ve been able to call Jesus my personal savior for over 30 years
- I’m married to my high school sweet heart
- God has provided my wife and me four children
- I’ve been serving on church staffs since age 20
- I have degrees from Grand Canyon University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Before Brentwood Baptist, I served North Phoenix Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Lewisville, Texas
- I serve as the executive pastor for Brentwood Baptist, a multi-site mega church in the Nashville area
About the blog and what you can expect
My goal is to provide you with practical takeaways for everyday church leadership. I hope what I share is pragmatic and easily transferable to your leadership context. You lead differently than me. Your church experience is different than mine. But I hope there are some leadership takeaways that will aid you in leading effectively and efficiently.
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More about my life and church leadership experience
I have benefited in ministry because people have taken the time to teach me. When I was five, my dad began his commitment to vocational ministry. That meant leaving our Arizona home and heading to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (where I also would later attend) in Fort Worth, TX.
As my Dad learned, I began to learn from him. Sometimes it was formally taught, but mostly it was by his example. Today my Dad, who is beyond retirement age, still faithfully and effectively leads a church in Tempe, AZ, named CrossPoinTempe as pastor.
After falling for a gal named Deanna in high school, I decided to marry her (it took four years of dating). I have had the rare privilege of finding a best friend, falling in love with her, marrying her, and staying love.
Just a couple months into our dating relationship, while we were both 16 years old, I said “yes” to God’s call to vocational ministry. I felt very clearly that He wanted me to commit my life to serving him in ministry and Deanna is grew into that call alongside me. She has been and is an awesome wife and ministry partner.
Pursuing that call included earning a degree. So, off I went to Grand Canyon University (and she went to Arizona State also in the Phoenix area) for college. While in Phoenix, I gained an internship at North Phoenix Baptist Church.
The Pastor there, Dan Yeary, along many other staff mentored me and gave me invaluable experiences serving students. With each responsibility, they took the time to teach me. When I finished college, it was time for seminary. Deanna and I moved 1,000 miles away to Texas.
I began seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I graduated four years later with a Master’s degree in Christian Education. While attending there, I served a church staff. I was able to serve First Baptist Lewisville, Texas as Associate Student Minister. Within 15 months, that role became Associate Pastor.
With the help of a lot of great staff and the trust of the senior pastor, Stephen Hatfield, I had 13 years of meaningful ministry there which included me serving as their executive pastor. While very hard to leave, I felt that God called me to Brentwood, Tennessee, where I currently serve as Executive Pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church.
Deanna and I have four children. Our three daughters and one son bring a special joy to our lives.