I grew up in Dallas and was first called by my initials (T.A.) at church in middle school and it stuck. So, to answer the pressing question, no, I am not a teacher’s assistant at a local college. Through the influence of my parents, a Christian day camp, and the local Christian radio station, I came to a simple understanding of the gospel at a young age. God then used some great pastors in high school and college to teach me how to truly follow Jesus on a daily basis. It was through the example of these faithful men that God showed me how He wanted me to spend my life helping others take either their first or next step with Jesus.
After graduating from Texas A&M University (’03), I earned a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. I then served as the Student Ministry Pastor of Austin Ridge Bible Church in Austin for five years, the Executive Director of Vertical Ministries in Waco for four years, and the Executive Director of Breakaway Ministries in College Station for five and a half years. Along the way, I earned a Doctor of Educational Ministry degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The best decision I have made in life (next to following Jesus) was marrying my wife Kathryn. We are raising three future Aggies: Noah, Andrew, and Jake. I spend my free time training to become the G.O.A.T in tennis in the “born in 1981, works at Watermark, and is half-Palestinian” bracket.
I love teaching the Word of God and consider it an amazing privilege to teach it to the people of Watermark who treasure it and seek to live it out!