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Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
My faith journey has been very relational and so I am reminded of Jesusí
description of the two greatest commandments Ė to love God and neighbor.
Those two relationships seem to have been strongly connected in my life.
Over the years, there have been people and experiences that have shaped my
understanding of God and understanding of Godís will for my life. I am a
native of Atlanta, growing up in Sandy Springs. I even spent a summer as a
counselor at our nearby Calvin Center. Since those days, my journey has led
me to N.C. State University, four years as an engineer officer in the U.S.
Army, seminary at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, churches in the
mountains of Virginia and the coast of North Carolina, and the Doctor of
Ministry program at Princeton Seminary.
God has blessed me with a wonderful family which is a great joy to me. My
wife Jennifer and I have three children - Addison, Broecks, and Caroline. My
faith grows every day as I experience God anew through the wonder and
inquisitiveness of my children.
I look forward to the journey ahead as the pastor of Fayette. Iím sure you
will find here, as I have, a genuine and caring group of sisters and
brothers in Christ with a heart for mission.
born on July
7, 1980 and grew up in Douglasville, GA, as a Music Minister's son. I went
to Douglas County High School, graduated in 1998. I have been married since
August 2, 2003, and have loved every moment with my wife, Laurie.
I have an eclectic Christian background, which
includes denominations such as Baptist, Methodist, Church of God, and, of
course, Presbyterian. I have always loved music and have been playing guitar
since high school. In past years, I have been a
worship leader in both youth and adult church settings.
bachelor's degree in Human Relations at Atlanta Christian College (now Point
Laurie and I met. I chose HR as my degree because I've always been
intrigued by psychology and after a year at Clayton State College and
University, I felt like God was leading me towards that field. Classes in high school, personal experience, and seeking
God's will are what really spurred my interest.
Other areas that I am interested in include
counseling, psychology, Lord of the Rings (anything by J.R.R.
Tolkien), drama, songwriting, story writing, soccer, and
anything else I might stumble upon.
I pray that God
will use Laurie and me as
vessels to hold and pour out His love to everyone we meet.
through, I am a musician... one of the few certainties in life, other than
bills, taxes, and death! My musicianship all began in Forest Park GA, way
back in the early 70's when my young mother, recently divorced with child
(me), again living with parents, desperate to learn piano, bought an old
upright piano from a neighbor. The piano sat locked most of the time; I was
curious. My mother worked all day and had no time to play it. When my mother
remarried soon thereafter, we moved into a house in Riverdale and had that
piano freighted there. I would bang on the piano until my mother gave an
ultimatum: "Either you stop banging that piano and making racket or you
agree to take piano lessons!" So, I gave into taking lessons. It all began
The rest is
standard.. alto saxophone in grade school, then double bass in high school.
Jazz band in college, along with a performance major as a pianist at Clayton
State College. As an off-shoot of double bass solo pursuits, I decided that
cello would be less painful and messy! Later, in the jazz band, I was
coerced into switching to bass guitar.. It's funny, the irony since nowadays
everyone's a purist and wants the double bass for jazz, bluegrass etc, not
I am thankful to be the
accompanist at Fayette Presbyterian. I get to play an awesome pipe organ and
accompany the choir and other talents.
passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach
the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest
horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it,
and thereby always remain music."
~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
girl through and through, I was born and raised in the Peach State. I
graduated from Atlanta Christian College (now Point University) with a Bachelors of Science Degree in
Human Relations and a minor in Biblical Studies.
My most beloved Bible passage would have to
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from
ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but
not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not
II Corinthians 4:7-9
am happily married to a wonderful, godly man who is blessed with an amazing musical talent. We
have a sweet little boy, Braeden.