Below you will find information about my ministry experience over the last several years, my personal testimony, call to ministry, and philosophy of ministry. If you would like to learn more about my experience, or ways you can contact me, click the link to my resume above, and a copy will begin downloading. If you would like to hear my sermons, you can do so by clicking here.
In February of 2012, I was installed as the Senior Pastor at Sycamore Baptist Church in Decatur, TX. I currently serve the church in preaching, leadership, and pastoral ministries. Our church seeks to glorify God through His Word, be gospel-centered, and proclaim the name of Jesus Christ to our community and beyond. If you are interested in learning more about Sycamore Baptist Church, please visit our website.
When I was in high school, I attended church on a regular basis and a Christian school. Because of my familiarity with the Bible through church and school, I mistakenly thought I was a Christian. However, at the age of sixteen, after reflecting on the way I was living, and having multiple conversations with friends and my youth pastor, I came to understand that knowledge of God was not the same as being a follower of Him. I was a sinner, who was in need of a Savior. Rather than worshipping and glorifying God, I was actually living in opposition to Him. Looking back, I realize God, by His grace, had been working in my life to reveal Himself to me all along. It was at this time that God drew me to Himself, and I made Him both the Lord and Savior of my life. After that, I made a public profession of faith through believer’s baptism.
CALL TO THE MINISTRY
My call to ministry was a process that unfolded over the course of several years. Starting with an opportunity to teach a weekly Bible study and Sunday school class. While teaching these classes, and ministering to those who attended, God ignited a spark in me for ministry and a love for teaching others God’s Word. Gradually, I came to realize God was calling me into full-time ministry through my new found passion for teaching.
Realizing God’s call on my life, I sought the counsel of close friends and several pastors, asking them for prayer and advice. One piece of advice I received was to take a few seminary classes online. Studying the Bible in a seminary context was both a privilege and a blessing. It served to further burden my heart for others, and open my eyes to the need for solid Bible teaching in our churches.
After more prayer, finishing my online classes, and continuing to teach, I became convinced God was indeed calling me into full-time ministry. Those who had been praying with and for me, and watching these events unfold in my life agreed. After which, I enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I completed a Master’s of Divinity. I am now serving as the Senior Pastor of Sycamore Baptist Church in Decatur, TX.
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
I believe every ministry should have the gospel at its center and should be about telling not only church members but those in the surrounding communities of the gospel’s power for salvation and sanctification. This is accomplished in a number of ways.
First, all of our ministries should be focused on and tied to the faithful proclamation of the Word of God. The inspired and inerrant Word of God should be proclaimed weekly through Christ-centered expositional preaching. I see expositional preaching as the process of faithfully exposing a particular unit of Scripture, which includes presenting both its meaning and application to the congregation.
Second, our churches should be mission-minded with a desire to reach both our own communities and the world with the gospel. We must live as missionaries in our own neighborhoods and cities, proclaiming the gospel to those we meet.
Third, our ministries must equip the entire body of Christ with a gospel-centered focus. We must consistently lead our people to the foot of the cross, showing them that the gospel both saves and sanctifies. Growth in Christ-likeness, then, can’t happen in our own efforts, rather it must come through the gospel, which exposes our idols and draws our affections to Christ.
I believe the pastor’s job is not only to teach and encourage the congregation to make disciples but to lead out in making disciples himself. For the pastor, disciple-making is accomplished through a weekly pulpit ministry, small group ministries, and one-on-one counseling and discipleship. As the pastor invests in his people, his goal is not only to help them understand the Word of God more deeply but to help them apply God’s Word to their lives, so that they then can go and make disciples themselves in the surrounding community and within their spheres of influence
Finally, the pastor should be a man of integrity, who submits all his decisions to prayer and the Word of God. He should be committed to gospel-centered, Christ-exalting, expositional preaching that is grounded in the text. By faithfully adhering to the Word of God, his ministry will speak to the culture, and hopefully be culturally transformative, not just culturally relevant.