Since launching my personal website in 2007, I’ve rarely included an about page through its many iterations because I’ve always struggled to write one. Ask me questions about myself, and I’ll answer. Leave me to choose the parts of my life readers might find relevant, and I’ll stare at a blank page for hours.
For now, I’ll offer just a few bullet points. Maybe the following information will provide enough context for you to make sense of what I publish on my humble blog.
- I was born in Dublin, Georgia, though I spent most of my life in Nappanee, Indiana. My family moved north when I was ten.
- As a teenager, I wanted to be less awkward and more popular, so I did what any reasonable kid would do. I attempted to impress other awkward, unpopular teenagers by drinking, smoking, skipping class,￼ and making many other stupid decisions.
- After graduating high school, I fled back to Georgia where I became the frontman of The Fatty Hall Band. We signed our first record deal—I’m kidding. We never made it out of my two-bedroom apartment.
- Less than a year later, I returned to Indiana with a week’s worth of clothes. I wasn’t planning to stay, but Elkhart County law enforcement decided I should. I was arrested and convicted of check deception, that is, intentionally writing a bad check.
- In 2003, God saved me from myself. The weight of my guilt became too heavy to bear, and I collapsed to the floor, crying out, “Lord, I surrender. I surrender.”￼
- Returning to the church in which my parents raised me, I began studying the Bible￼￼. I grew to understand and believe the “doctrines of grace” soon after.￼
- Having practiced web development since high school, I landed my first client in 2007. I’ve continued to design and build websites off and on ever since.
- In March 2008, a small presbytery of Primitive Baptist elders, including my father and uncle, ordained me for the ministry.
- In October 2009, after more than a year of extensive traveling and preaching across seven states, I loaded a U-Haul trailer and made the 700-mile trek to North Carolina where I pastored Angier Primitive Baptist Church for the next seven years.
- Meanwhile, my future wife and I maintained a long-distance relationship until we married in August 2011.
- My time with the church in Angier was both wonderful and complicated. While God blessed us to grow in more ways than one, he also opened my eyes to see a few holes in my theology, leading me to adopt a fuller confession, namely, the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.
- Though I still agreed with every word of Angier Church’s Articles of Faith—I still do, in fact—their unwritten beliefs and traditions produced subtle tension between me and others. I resigned as their pastor in October 2016 to avoid potential division.
- One month later, I agreed to help a fellow pastor plant an independent Reformed Baptist church in Benson, North Carolina. Joy Christian Church packed as many as forty people into my co-pastor’s living room for the next two years.
- My wife gave birth to our first child, a girl, on July 13, 2018.
- In the spring of 2019, Joy Church learned of another Baptist congregation nearby that had adopted the 1689 Confession as well. We soon joined Trinity Baptist Church in Angier, North Carolina for the benefit of both groups.
- My family and I returned to Nappanee, Indiana in June 2019 where I took a job as chaplain of Billings Funeral Home.
- I relaunched this website along with my Sunday Manuscripts in October 2019.
What else would you like to know about me?