I have lived in and around Culpeper since middle school. Growing up, I only had small exposures to Christ, here and there. My aunt and uncle set the example for me as a Christian family and I longed for the connection they had. I also had a friend in high school who was a strong Christian and he talked to me a lot about Christ and church. I started asking questions and began attending MVCC, when it met at the Culpeper High School. In 2007, the year before I graduated, I accepted Jesus into my life. Unfortunately, I did not take to heart the types of mental changes that were needed to grow in the Lord, and therefore, I got involved in some destructive relationships during my senior year and after graduation.

In 2009, God used a friend to snap me back in place. He had been on mission with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) and through him, God led me to go to Maui to be a mission builder. After my term was up, I felt led to stay and take DTS (Discipleship Training School). The time spent in this God-intensive course taught me so much about God and how to be a serious, impactful, and a knowledgeable Christian.

After arriving back in Culpeper in 2010, I decided to continue to serve in ministry. I was quickly drawn to the Mountain View youth, and that transitioned into leading a life group of about 10 young guys, in and out of high school. I also quickly became friends with Stephanie’s dad, who was a pastor in Madison at the time. It was through him that I met Stephanie, and we started dating three weeks before I would go on mission in Thailand for two years. I served on staff for The MST Project, whose mission was sharing Christ with western men who were in red light areas, as well as giving Thai culture orientations to teams on short term missions.

I came back from Thailand after two years, Steph and I got married, and have been blessed with three children. Together, we have led a life group for young adults, and I am currently serving as a coach. When I was approached last summer about becoming an Elder, I was initially surprised. But God had begun stirring my spirit to serve in a new way and, after months of prayer and deep consideration, I believe this is His next assignment. It is a privilege and wonderful responsibility to serve the MVCC family and the body of Christ in this way.

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