I was born and raised in Lubbock, Tx in a Baptist home, attending Baptist church. Stability characterized my childhood, despite what was actually happening in my family’s life (job loss, financial struggles, addictions, pain and loss). My parents shielded me from the stress of ‘real life’ at an early age, something I appreciate tremendously as I look back. God used my childhood to characterize my adult life. I have a foundational belief that everything will work together for good (Romans 8:28). As various events have occurred in my life, I have been able to continually rely on the Lord to comfort and provide for me and my family (Matthew 6:25).
As a youth, I attended church at Calvary Baptist Church in Lubbock. My youth pastor did a great job every week of explaining who Jesus was and what the Gospel was about. At 14, I finally decided, after months of the Holy Spirit softening my heart, to believe the truth about Christ – that He was and is fully God, became fully man, earthly present for a time and sinless. He died on the cross for me. Then thankfully and most importantly (1 Corinthians 15), He rose from the dead to show his power over death. Christ proved that He is God and that we can be forgiven of all our sins if we do what He said – believe.
Since my first steps into belief, I have had seasons of walking in pride and self-reliance, sometimes for years at a time. I have given into anger, selfishness, passivity, and apathy. However, God has been faithful to pursue me in my brokenness, just as he did Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Thanks be to Christ that He only sees me through the blood that was shed on my behalf at the cross.
God has blessed me tremendously with a believing wife, Amy, who has a firm foundation in Christ. She constantly encourages, challenges, helps, and strengthens me in my walk with the Lord. We also have the joy and responsibility of raising 6 of God’s arrows (Psalm 127:4) – 1 boy and 5 girls. God directed us to Melissa 2 years ago (from the far south… McKinney) to build a home, be near family and invest in a new community. I am joyfully thankful for where we are today. God is good.
All Christians are part of the universal church which is Christ’s body. The church is God’s chosen vessel to deliver the message of salvation and to be His hands and feet in the world (Ephesians2:10). The glory of God is revealed to mankind through the works of the church (Matthew 5:14-16). What a privilege and honor to be a part of God’s story! At City Church, I see a commitment to discipleship (John 8:31-32), encouragement to fight the good fight (2 Timothy 4:7), corporate worship of a holy God who loves us (Hebrews 12:28), and a community of individuals doing God’s work (Acts 2:46-47). My hope for City Church is that we would be a place of rest (Matthew 11:28) from this broken and weary world (John 16:33). My prayer is that City Church would be a place for growth and healing from the hurt and pain of our pasts (Isaiah 53:4-5); that we would walk humbly with our God full of joy and peace knowing that He cares deeply for each one of us.