My name is John, and I was raised in the great state of Georgia. I grew up in a family that loved me dearly, and I am still blessed to be close with them today. Around the age of 13, I came to believe that God was real but I unfortunately had no concept of grace. The truth that God loved me, not because of what I did or how good of a person I could be, but simply because he loved me. Without realizing that, I was left trying to earn God’s affection for the next five years of my life. At the age of 18, I found myself exhausted, angry, and embittered with the feeling that God had kept me from fun. I headed off to college where I tried to find fulfillment in things outside of God. Again, after about three years of trying to do this, I was left broken and empty. Thankfully, I was offered a position with a business firm out of Atlanta that wanted to open a Dallas office – I jumped at it. I knew that I needed to get out of Atlanta and have a fresh start.
I attended Watermark my first Sunday in Dallas. It was there they talked about the Re:generation ministry – I knew that I needed recovery, and I was willing to try anything. It was through Christ-centered recovery that I first saw the gospel personified – men and women were battling their hurts - all the while knowing God loved them because of Jesus. Not because of their efforts or obedience, simply because they trusted in the finished work of Christ’s atoning death. It was after that I began to study my Bible with a whole new heart. It was a few months later I read Titus 3:3-5, and God changed my life. “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures… But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.” God changed my life that day, and I will be forever grateful. Since that time, I now know the purpose of my life – to enjoy God and help others enjoy him for his glory. There is no greater calling than that, and it is one in which God calls all people participate. I later jumped into Watermark’s Residency in the fall of 2013 after feelings God’s tug towards vocational ministry. I now serve on our Frontlines Team trying to welcome others the same way Christ first welcomed me (Romans 15:7).
I am married to my beautiful wife Taylor. She is an east Texas girl, and I wouldn’t change that for the world. We love watching movies, hanging out in coffee shops, and simply lounging around. She is a physical image of God’s grace in my life, and I love her dearly. We don’t currently have a dog, but I hope to one day soon change that!