I got rejected by Hogwarts, so I went to A&M instead (class of '09). My passion for personal development first manifested itself in a two-year commitment with Teach For America, where I taught 7th grade math back in my hometown of Houston. I met my wife, Kelly, in 2012 when we were interns with Mission of Hope in Haiti, and moved to Dallas in December 2013 following our wedding.
Feeling a call beyond secular education and toward spiritual formation & relational ministry, I decided to join the Watermark Residency Program in 2014-2015 which turned out to be the best decision I ever made (after marrying Kelly, of course). I now have the privilege to serve full-time with our College Ministry at SMU known as ONE28 (www.smu128.com).
As I've illustrated frequently in campus ministry, I found incredible freedom in my college years when I discovered that the Christian life is not like “maintaining a C+ average" in order to remain in God’s good graces. For far too long, I was under the impression that my performance in life would bring God’s loving acceptance. The Good News of the gospel, on the other hand, tells us that the FREE GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23) and that we have been saved by GRACE (Ephesians 2:8-9) rather than ‘working our way up to heaven.’ I am fully loved & accepted by God, not based on my own performance but based on the perfect performance of Christ on the cross in my place. It is my joy to share that Good News as a part of this Body at Watermark.