Midtown Site Pastor and Spiritual Formation Director
It’s a joy for me to serve as a pastor at the church where God transformed my life as a college student. I first encountered the truth about Jesus at TCBC when I was a freshman at the University of Illinois in aerospace engineering. Having tried (and failed) to build myself a satisfying life through relationships, reputation, and achievement, I learned about the God who offered to build one for me on far better terms.
As I began attending TCBC, I heard the Bible brought to life for the first time through dynamic preaching. I started to get involved in the church’s life, first in worship services, and then in small groups (mainly with community people well beyond college). I found friendships at TCBC that went deeper than any others that weren’t centered on Jesus. I discovered dormant passions and gifts awakening in me, and I saw self-centered ambitions transform into Christ-centered longings. Over time I recognized that God was leading me toward full-time ministry and a mission to help others find the kind of thriving life Jesus had brought about in me.
That new direction in my journey began in earnest when I finished grad school and served as an intern at TCBC for two years. My wife, Amy, and I were married at the end of that time, and we moved to Boston where I attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2008, we returned to this church that had impacted us so deeply. We are both enthusiastic believers in the vision of TCBC, because we ourselves are products of it!
After several years leading TCBC's worship ministry, in 2015 I stepped into two new roles. First, as Midtown Site Pastor, I give pastoral leadership to our Midtown site on the northwest corner of campus. Second, as Spiritual Formation Director, I oversee TCBC's ministries related to our growth as disciples of Jesus, including small groups, hospitality & fellowship, and "connections" (helping every member and guest to become fully engaged in the life of the church).
When I'm not in the office, you'll probably find me in a campus coffee shop (my second office) or spending time with Amy and our four children, Ethan, Bella, Owen, and Noah. I'm an avid reader (especially theology, spiritual formation, and all kinds of fiction), I love music of just about every genre, I dabble in graphic design, and I keep up with science news as best I can (like astronomy and cosmology). Oh, and I'm extremely unimpressive at sports, but I enjoy them for the social aspect!
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