I have been working as a youth minister since 2005. Since 2008, I have served as director of youth ministries at Centenary United Methodist Church in Smithfield, NC. In 2013 my work expanded to include youth and missions ministry. This includes both local, regional, and international missions and evangelism as well as advocacy and community organizing around critical social issues. As an extension of this work I recently began serving as the facilitator of "Set Free JC" - an educational and advocacy group working to raise awareness and create opportunities for action to fight human trafficking.
My wife, Lydia, is also a youth minister at Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh - a reality that surprises and confuses most people. But, hey, it works for us. We've both been serving in congregational ministry in different churches since we met and we love our work.
In 2011 I completed my M.Div. in Historical and Theological Studies at Campbell Divinity School where I also completed a B.A. in Religion and Christian Ministry in 2006. From 2011-2012 I completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.
Other random info: I drive a 2005 Duke Blue Dodge Neon - a great car for a teenager; not so great for an adult with two kids - such is life. I love North Carolina WESTERN-style BBQ but will eat the Eastern NC variety if the good stuff can't be found. I'm a casual observer of sports of various kind - mostly baseball and basketball (meaning, I really love to hear when the Red Sox and Duke Blue Devils win but I'm not devastated when they lose) and I've been playing guitar for almost fifteen years and teaching guitar for three.
I use this blog as a place to flesh out ideas related to vocational ministry, postmodern culture, and Christian discipleship. I sincerely hope you'll engage in the conversation with me!