We're thankful for our awesome staff team members who are serving in ministry at Highlands! Staff Profiles is an opportunity for you to get to know each of them a bit better, and maybe even learn something about them you didn't know.  

Tell us a bit about your background in a paragraph:

I grew up outside Nashville, Tennessee, and came to faith in Christ when I was five years old. I experienced a call to ministry in high school and have been pursuing that ever since. I attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where I majored in Bible and pastoral ministry. After graduating, I served as the Student Pastor at my home church in Tennessee for a few years before becoming the High School pastor at Highlands in 2015. After Highlands, I served as the Teaching Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, KY for one year before moving to St. Louis to be closer to Courtney. (We broke up for about six months before getting engaged and eventually married.) While in St. Louis, I served as the Lead Pastor of a church there. We helped merge a struggling church plant with a declining, aging congregation and they are still doing well today. I graduated from Western Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in 2018. Courtney is a counselor who also graduated from seminary. She's passionate about helping women work through their stories and learn to apply the Bible to their lives. We have one daughter, named Esther Rose.

Tell us about your role on staff at Highlands:

Ordinarily, I would be leading Highlands Kent and teaching as part of the teaching rotation. Right now, I primarily get to serve by teaching the Bible and working with our worship team to plan our Sunday gatherings. For me, a good sermon explains the Bible in a way that's clear and practical. Good sermons help people see Jesus and His redemptive work clearly and invite them to trust Him. Good sermons might not change someone's life instantly - they may not seem like a "home run" every time - but they are like seeds being planted in people's hearts. Over time, consistently planting seeds will bear fruit.

Share a verse or passage of scripture that has impacted your life:

2 Timothy 2:15 - Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

What is something you enjoy about living in the Seattle area?

The climate, the trees, the mountains, the trails, coffee shops, Taco Chukis, being close to family, the Seahawks being on local TV :)

What is something you love to do outside of serving in ministry?

Hang with Courtney, play with Esther, follow Tennessee Volunteers sports (sometimes this is more painful than fun), watch shows and videos, smoke meats

Share a fun fact about yourself or something that most people don’t know about you:

I created the Warfield Shield, a traveling trophy that goes to the winner of the Rossview High and Clarksville High football rivalry each year in Clarksville, TN. It's kind of a big deal where I'm from. :)