I accepted Jesus Christ as Savior at the age of nine and entered the ministry in 2002.  The following year I started seminary, earning an MDivBL in Evangelism and Missions and a PhD in Evangelism (minor in preaching) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS).

Currently, I am an author/speaker, blogger, and receiver with LifeWay. In 2015 I published 1X Evangelism: A Kingdom Growth Strategy for the Local Church, an evangelism strategy designed for small and large churches to help them get their members re-engaged in personal evangelism.

In addition to writing and social media, I am a bassist with The Crossing Praise Team at Mobberly Baptist Church, and an aspiring YouTuber. My videos include sermons, 1X Evangelism-related content, bassline tutorials, and family videos.

My background includes over 15 years in the ministry, 10 of which were in the pastorate. During that time I learned from my own experience and that of others many of the issues pastors encounter in ministry. I also served as Adjunct Professor of Evangelism for SWBTS.

My wife, Olivia, and I married in 1999, and we have three children together: Lauren, Lindsay, and David. We currently live in Longview, Texas.

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