I’m 26 years old and a graduate of Southeastern Bible College. I have been, by the grace of God, a disciple of Jesus for almost a decade now. I’m an evangelical, Reformed Christian who loves to read, write, hike, swim, sit around a fire, and run. God has called me to the service of teaching and equipping his church so I am in the process of theological training at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I am married to a wonderful woman of God named Valerie Dawn, who is my best friend. My professional career will work in concert alongside the local church preparing them to better meet the needs of a lost world. If the Lord grants, I’d like to also write. I want my life’s testimony to be that of the Apostle Paul’s:
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24)
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith– that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. (Phil. 3:7-12)”
What do I believe about Jesus?
“Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:5-11)”
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. (Col. 1:13-21)”
Before graduating from SEBC, I was sure I’d be involved exclusively with missions overseas. I would have been completely content packing up and ministering to some unreached people group somewhere in the 10/40 window. The school afforded me with a multitude of missional opportunities that have included working at a Juvenile center, going overseas for two months, homeless ministry, and numerous other ministries of the gospel. There was a change as I studied. Through prayer, discussion with godly individuals, and other means, I have discovered the joy of equipping the local body for their mission. I possess the spiritual gift of teaching and am pursuing work within a local church in New Orleans. I follow the philosophy of my former church (Church at Brookhills) that utilizes six, strategic nonnegotiables for ministry:
- Biblical-Disciple making is intricately and necessarily linked to the Word.
- Intentional- Disciple making is purposeful and intentioned.
- Reproducible- Disciple making results in disciples being multiplied.
- Cross-Cultural-Disciple making involves supporting God’s global mission to the nations.
- Simple- Disciple making aims to be a simple sharing of life in easily accessible ways.
- Radical-Disciple making involves serious, self-denying sacrifice for the joys of others.
My goal of ministry is to help disciple and teach Christians who exist for the glory of God and live for the joy of all peoples in Christ. God has called me to the service of teaching and equipping his Church.
Born in Huntsville, Al on July 7th 1990
Saved in New Hope, Al May 18th 2004
Hobbies include reading, writing, hiking, swimming, running, and anything outdoors.
Advanced Diploma from New Hope High School 2008
5216 Main Drive, New Hope, Al. 35760
Awards: Who’s’ Who Among American High School Students, National Society of High School Students, A-B Honor Roll, Top 25% in Class Rank
Southeastern Bible College 2545 Valleydale Road, Birmingham Al. 35244
Major: Bible & Theology
Minor: Biblical Studies
Awards: Inductee in Delta Epsilon Chi Society in the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Who’s Who Among American College Students, Dean’s list all four years, 2012 Class Valedictorian
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 3939 Gentilly Blvd. New Orleans, LA. 70126
Major: Theology with a Specialization in Philosophy
High & Middle School Bible Teacher– I’m currently teaching Bible at Crescent City Christian School located in Metairie, LA.
Youth & College Minister– I was college and youth minister at Grace Presbyterian Church in Metairie, LA for almost four years. Responsibilities include leading bible studies, leading discussion groups, discipling youth, and fostering greater maturity in Christ.
Youth Intern– I spent the summer of 08 serving my youth group before going to begin studying Bible/Theology at SEBC. Responsibilities included organizing activities, leading bible studies, prayer and accountability assistance, and basically whatever the youth minister desired.
FBC/CBC Sunday School Teacher– For the past five years, I have frequently taught Sunday school for the college-aged class as-well-as filling in for many adult and youth classes. Responsibilities included creating, organizing, and teaching lessons as-well-as facilitating small groups.
Men’s Ministry President– I served as Southeastern Bible College’s Men’s Ministry president for three years. Men’s ministry functioned as a spiritual, disciple-making community group whose goal was spiritual development through theology, missions, and accountability for all the men at the college. Responsibilities included weekly Bible studies, accountability facilitation, organizing and aiding local missions opportunities, and one-on-one discipleship with numerous guys throughout the week.
Pulpit Ministry– I’ve preached in the following pulpits in Alabama: New Hope First Baptist Church (New Hope, Al), Cove Baptist Church (Owens Cross Roads, Al), Cave Springs Baptist Church (Owens Cross Roads, Al), New Hope United Methodist Church (New Hope, Al), Oak Bowery Methodist Church (New Hope, Al), Grace Baptist Church (Scottsboro, Al), and Northside Baptist Church (Cullman, Al). I also preached overseas both in Korea and Swaziland.
I’ve also been involved with the following ministries or activities: World Changers Runner, Angel Food Ministries Volunteer, New Hope Clean-Up Volunteer, Birmingham Prayer Furnace Volunteer, Christian Service Mission Volunteer, Samaritan’s Purse Volunteer, Firehouse Homeless Shelter Volunteer, Student Missions Fellowship Treasurer/Secretary at SEBC, Student Council at SEBC, NOBTS Korean Fellowship, Hope Ministries, and numerous Vacation Bible Schools.
SHORT-TERM MISSIONS EXPERIENCE:
China/South Korea- Two Weeks June, 2007
Swaziland/South Africa- Two Months June- July 2010
Corzoal/Chan Chen, Belize- One Week June 2014
Youth Ministry Grader (SEBC)
Hermeneutics/ Biblical Studies Grader (SEBC)
High School Bible Teacher (CCCS 2015)
Middle School Bible Teacher (CCCS 2015/2016)
Pioneer Learning Center Tutor (CCCS 2015/2016)
Informal ESL Class (NOBTS 2015)
I adhere to the Southern Baptist’s doctrinal distinctives referred to in the Baptist Faith and Message (here). My personal doctrinal beliefs on various issues can be found DeArmond Confession of Faith.
I affirm all the major creeds of the Church (Apostles, Nicene, Chalcedonian found here).
I avow and acknowledge orthodox, Protestant theology commonly expressed in the Five Solas of the Reformation (here): Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Solus Christus (Christ Alone), Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (The Glory of God Alone).
SECULAR WORK EXPERIENCE:
Pool Table Installer at Bumper Nets Inc. (Dec. 2011-July 2012)
Rite Aid Pharmacy Cashier (Sept. 2010-Dec. 2011)
Christian Life Learning Academy (Summer 2011)
Housekeeping at SEBC (2008-2010)
Chimes Book Store (2012)
Substitute Teacher at Crescent City Christian School (2013-2014)
High and Middle School Bible Teacher at Crescent City Christian School (2015-2016)
Pioneer Learning Center Tutor at Crescent City Christian School (2015-2016)
Crescent City Christian School Summer Camp (Summer, 2016)