Hailing from a small-town in West Virginia, my life was filled with my church family. My mother was a church choir director, my uncle was a pastor, and my brother and I were underfoot at every service. In college, while majoring in History and Sociology I was elected as the Christian Life Council Chaplain, which served the whole school creating worship services and being an open ear to the spiritual concerns and cares of the community.
After college, I served a church in Charleston, West Virginia with a bustling youth program and sports ministry program which had more than a dozen teams. From there, my wife Leah and I moved to North Carolina where I served at two churches consecutively working with their education and worship ministries.
For the past few years, I've been working here in Richmond, Virginia, working with Urban food and garden programs, the Richmond Peace Education Center, and lending my leadership and time to our Dismantling Racism program. In the past 6 years, I've devoted myself to training in trauma healing and conflict resolution and have been working with the Richmond Chapter of Coming to the Table and have been passionate about being a leader dedicated to helping congregations face the true cost of privilege and racism.
My wife and daughter and I use most of our free time to garden, bike, hike, camp out, sing and travel together any chance we get.