God graciously saved me at a young age. I had a genuine love for God, but I misunderstood many implications of the gospel. Most significantly, I misunderstood the complete nature of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and as a result, I erroneously believed that I could lose my salvation. I failed to understand that on the cross Jesus paid the penalty for all of my sin – past, present AND future – and that I stood forgiven before God through faith in Jesus.
While in college at Texas A&M, primarily through a steady diet of solid expositional preaching, God revealed to me the full implications of the gospel – most-notably that I was eternally secure with God through faith in Jesus. This correction in theology has led to ever-increasing joy, spiritual growth, and love for my Savior and a deep affection for His Word and His Church.
After graduating from college with a degree in finance, I worked for a financial consulting firm in Houston. It was in that season where I met my beautiful wife, Lauren, who is objective evidence of God’s kindness to me. The Lord also used that season to strip me of some lingering idolatry. I became convicted of my prideful desire to be considered successful by those around me and that I had been running away from a call to vocational ministry out of a desire for financial comfort. Ultimately, I was living to please people, and I was subconsciously looking to money for security, rather than seeing God as the ultimate treasure and greater than anything I could find in the world.
In time, God graciously placed me on staff at a church in Houston where I worked with the college ministry and the evangelism department. After a wonderful season on staff at that church, I was given the opportunity to participate in a pastoral training program at a church in Washington, D.C. After completing that program, we moved back to Houston from Capitol Hill to become a part of Hope Church.