I graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 and married my wife Karen in 1996. When we moved to Eustis, we joined New Hope Presbyterian Church and began volunteering with the youth.
From 1997 to 2001 I taught English/Journalism and coached 3 sports at Eustis High School. On July 1, 2001 I came on staff as full time Youth Director at New Hope. Later that year we became parents with the birth of our daughter Katherine and the next year welcomed our son J.T.
I am a member of Southland Camps leadership team. Southland Camps is a 501(c)(3) youth organization under the umbrella of the PCA that connects students to Christ and Community. Each year Southland Camps plans a mid-winter middle school retreat in Ocala, a week of fun and learning in High Springs, FL, and for the summer, a week of great fun and learning for our high school students at Ridgehaven in Brevard, NC. Our High School students also have a weekend retreat at Camp Kulaqua in High Springs. I also am a volunteer at Tavares High School and work closely with the football team. New Hope's youth group "The Well" meets Wednesday nights.
I graduated from RTS-Orlando in May 2016 and received my Masters of Divinity degree. In April 2017 I was ordained and installed by the Central Florida Presbytery as an Associate Pastor at New Hope. I have a focus on men’s discipleship and leadership training with an emphasis in church planting. I also continue to be Youth Director here.
Some of my favorite activities (outside of youth ministry) are hunting, fishing, and drinking ice cold coca-cola from a Mason jar with raindrop ice (yes, I am addicted)!
I love families and students, but I am most glad that Jesus loves us and allows us to know Him more and more.