About


Personal

Born: 28 April 1984
Address: Lakeland, Florida
Church Membership: Scott Lake Baptist Church

Education and Ordination
  • 2015, Ordained to Gospel Ministry, First Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland, FL
  • 2011, M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • 2005, B.A., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Experience
  • 2016-17, Interim Assistant Pastor, Brooklyn Chinese Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2014-16, Accounting Clerk, Florida Baptist Children's Homes, Lakeland FL
  • 2012-14, Administrator, Christ Community Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL
  • 2007-08, College Ministry Intern, First Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland, FL
  • 2006-08, Electronic Medical Records Facilitator/Support, Watson Clinic, Lakeland, FL

Additional Experience
  • 2017, Presenter, VBS Leader Seminar, Baptist Convention of New York
  • 2017, LifeWay VBS Institute, Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest, NC
  • 2014-16, Ministry Leader, First Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland, FL
  • 2011, Applied Ministry Practicum, Chaplains' Office, Jewish Hospital, Louisville, KY
  • 2010-11, Resident Assistant, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • 2009-11, Nursing Home Minister, Ministry of Beechwood Baptist Church, Louisville, KY
  • 2010, Weekender Conference, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC

Mission Work
  • 2016, New York City
  • 2015, Cuba, New York City
  • 2014, Nicaragua
  • 2013, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 2012, Nicaragua
  • 2010-11, Member, Student Missions Fellowship, Southern Seminary
  • 2007, Botswana

Conversion and Call to Ministry

From early childhood, my parents were faithful to teach me the gospel; my earliest memories include learning the Bible in Sunday school. Having heard the gospel so often at home and at church, I was convinced very early that I was a sinner without hope apart from Jesus. I professed faith in Christ at age six and was soon baptized.

As I continued to grow in God’s grace, I struggled long for a sense of assurance of salvation. Whenever the pastor asked the congregation whether we were sure we were saved, I would think, "I’m pretty sure." I knew about the finished work of Christ. I knew that Jesus’ work on the cross was enough to save every repentant sinner. But I still wondered if my faith was sincere. One of my teachers in high school pointed me to Philippians 1:6: "[I am] confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." This verse helped me take my eyes off myself and the relative strength of my faith and look again to Jesus and his sufficiency. At this point, I realized I had to dedicate my life to this work.

After returning home from University, I announced my desire to pursue pastoral ministry. My church appointed me to attend Seminary and my family has always been very supportive of my call. I have personally experienced the power of the Word of God to enlighten hearts, and the impact of weekly worship to call us back again and again to walk in the new life we’ve been given. My greatest desire is to help people, through a ministry of teaching and discipleship, experience God in his Word the way I have.

Affirmation of Faith

I believe the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000 is a faithful summary of the doctrines revealed in Holy Scripture.


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