Like Jake, I grew up in a Christian home. Like many people in our society, my mom lived a spirit led life and was very active in church and while my dad was a Christian he was not involved in church at all. At the age of nine after my best friend and neighbor joined our church I vividly remember deciding it was time for me to join the church. Unfortunately, because I was already active in the church no one talked to me about what I was doing and the significance of confessing Christ as savior, so little changed in my life. I was still active in church… but was lost! As I got older and moved into high school my closest friends became involved with the high school ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ where I, too, became active. During my time in CCC I realized that there was so much more to being a “Christian” than just being a church member! I committed my life to Christ when I was 16 and continued an active involvement in CCC through my freshman year at college where I studied music.
While in college I was afforded the opportunity to serve as a music director in a small church near Atlanta. I’ve been serving my Lord ever since, mostly in bi-vocational service! That’s not to say that everything has been perfect in my life, but God has been faithful through poor choices, job transfers, sickness, teenagers (!), death, and dealing with daily life. I am grateful for God’s amazing mercy and grace and His willingness to allow us to serve Him through second chances. Speaking of which… I met Uneita, my wife, here in Roanoke while serving in the music ministry at First Baptist Church. We were married in 2003 before the first presentation of the Roanoke Christmas pageant with a thousand of our closest friends!… and again for 6 more times during the pageant as the bride and groom in the wedding at Cana!!! She has been a wonderful partner in Christ and I am both grateful for her friendship and glad to have her as a true “help mate” and co-worker (not to mention soloist and speaker!!!)
In August of 2005 Villa Heights contacted me about serving in the capacity of interim Minister of Music and Worship. Later that fall they extended the invitation to join the staff permanently which we accepted. We have been grateful for the opportunity to work with people helping them to develop musically and dramatically as well as to encourage them to develop in their walk with the Lord. In January of 2008, when the church extended the invitation to Jake and Dana to become our pastor, we found co-laborers who obviously love the Lord and have led the church to deepen its roots. I look forward to working with both Jake and the church to reach out to the community to share Christ, especially through the music/drama ministry.