Southwood Teaching Pastor
"You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 2:1-3
These verses summarize the goal of my life and ministry. By grace, God has saved me from my sins and adopted me as His beloved Son. And by grace He has called me, gifted me, and empowered me to serve Him as your Teaching Pastor at Grace Bible Church Southwood. In this role, my greatest responsibility is to entrust the truths I have learned from God’s Word to all who come to Grace so that they may, in turn, entrust those truths to others. My goal is to raise up Spirit-filled servant-leaders who, as Paul says, “are able to teach others also.” However, with the privilege of this responsibility will come hardship for me and for all of us who walk faithfully with Christ. Therefore, we band together in love to encourage one another to press on as “good soldiers” carrying forth the good news of the Gospel to a world in desperate need.
Now for my story. I accepted Jesus as my Savior as a young boy sitting on my bed talking to my mom and dad about a Sunday school lesson. God blessed me with godly parents and a stellar church – Tomball Bible. I learned and memorized Scripture, discussed theology, and helped lead in the youth group. God blessed me with a strong foundation, but when I came to Texas A&M to study Mechanical Engineering in 1994, I lost sight of that foundation. I still went to church and lived a moral life, but I dedicated all my waking hours to engineering (yes, I was a pasty-white, number-crunching, AutoCAD-addicted kind of guy in college!). I gave God Sundays but used the rest of the week to build a name and a reputation for myself. I wanted to be a success in this world – a millionaire by 30 – and so I neglected God to pursue my career.
That didn’t work out so well! For reasons outside my control, the job market soured by the time I graduated. I did not get the job I worked so hard for – it just wasn’t available. I learned the hard way that living for what this world offers will always leave you disappointed in the end.
Fortunately, God brought a mentor into my life towards the end of college, right as my plans were starting to fall apart. Brian Fisher, now the Senior Pastor of our church, took me under his wing. He opened a whole new world of spiritual growth to me by teaching me inductive Bible study. As I began to study and apply God’s Word myself, I fell in love with Scripture all over again. I so loved studying the Word inductively that I committed to start an inductive Bible study in whatever town I ended up in after A&M.
That town ended up being Washington D.C. I practiced engineering for the next 18 months, which was just long enough to know I wasn’t meant to be an engineer! As my job grew less interesting, my Bible study ministry took off. I could tell God was calling me to devote more time to His church. At Brian’s invitation, I joined his college staff as an intern. I loved it! I saw 2 Timothy 2:2 in action. I wanted more! I then went to Dallas Theological Seminary, acquired my Master of Theology (ThM), and am now amazingly blessed to have served as a pastor at Grace since 2003.
I have a great partner in this ministry: my brilliant and gifted wife, Julie. We have been blessed with twins who now occupy much of her time! We are so grateful for the privilege of raising them in the loving community God has created at Grace Bible Church.