I grew up in a loving home in Cottonwood Falls, KS, where our family attended a Methodist church. I thought I had life and God all figured out. I heard the gospel for the first time at a baseball camp when I was 12. It was the first time I had been confronted by my own sin, and recognized that I was in need of a savior. God took a hold of me at that camp and drew me to himself (John 6:44). By God’s grace, I realized the depth of my depravity and I repented of my sin and trusted in Christ for salvation the summer before my freshman year in high school.
I began to attend a youth group at a gospel preaching church where I met my future wife. Sara and I were married on July 29th, 2006. She is my best friend and ministry partner and I am so thankful for the way she is constantly challenging and encouraging me. God has graciously granted us the privilege of raising our 4 beautiful children: Leah, Isaac, Isaiah, and Elijah. We continue to lead them in the truth and train them in righteousness as we trust in the Lord for their salvation.
My family began attending Cornerstone in January of 2017. It was there that I began to realize and feel the weight of my God given responsibility as a husband and a father. Praise God for Cornerstone and the faithful men who showed me both by example and by God’s word how a spiritual leader should look and act. I have the privilege of heading up our AWANA program at Cornerstone and I am reminded every Wednesday night of what it means to partner in the gospel as countless volunteers strive to instruct our youth in righteousness. It is a great joy to come alongside parents as together we strive to lay a foundation and framework for a life of faith and service to our Savior within our children.
I am excited for what the Lord has in store for Cornerstone as we seek to continue to advance God’s kingdom. God has graciously blessed me with a job in managing our local Sherwin-Williams store, a position I have held since 2009. As I think on balancing my responsibilities at work, home, and at church, I am constantly reminded of a verse that has ministered to me greatly these last few years. James 1:5 says that “if any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, who gives to all generously without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
In closing, I want to echo Paul as I reflect on serving with my brothers and sisters at Cornerstone. Philippians 1:9-11 “It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.”