Growing up I knew everything there was to know about God and the church, or so I thought. At a young age my dad shared the gospel with me. Knowing I wasn’t perfect, I accepted Jesus as the way to be right with God. Yet after moving around the country and constantly struggling to find where I fit, I found my identity in being the “goody two-shoes”. My facade was torn down in high school as several years of hidden sins came to light. My shame was overwhelmed by God’s grace, revealing there is nothing I could ever do to make God love me any more or any less than He already does.
I went to college in Indiana and studied Leadership and Management. Post-graduation I ran a small business back home in Kansas. In 2013, I moved to Texas, quickly becoming a member at Watermark. After volunteering for several years, I was invited to join staff. It was either the longest or quickest interview process depending on who you ask. It is a joy to participate in providing safe environments for people to learn about and worship God!
Every day I get to go home to a wise, patient, and beautiful woman who I am blessed to call my bride. She has mostly grown accustomed to my strange sense of humor. We find that engaging in outdoor activities stirs our affections for God. We hope to one day live in a tiny home. When I have down time, I pursue things that challenge me to grow or have a compelling story. I’m still a work in progress, but one area in which my heart has aligned with Jesus is by serving with Watermark’s anti-human trafficking ministry, Reclaimed.