Here is a little about my life journey:
I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, the middle of three boys. I grew up in the Alamo Heights School District. Active in my faith growing up, I was involved in youth groups, Bible studies and campus ministries. I was also active in my community growing up and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. As a kid I played all kinds of sports growing up and focused mainly on tennis in high school. Our tennis team won the state championships for team tennis three of the four years I was in high school.
For college I attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. I studied Business with a focus in Entrepreneurship and Finance, which I loved. Wake was a very formidable place where I developed deep friendships and grew extensively in my faith. After college I interviewed for finance jobs, but decided to return home to San Antonio and attend St. Mary’s School of Law. Law school is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I still believe it is one of the best educations that exists.
After law school I stayed in San Antonio and practiced law for three years with Bayern & Aycock, a boutique estate planning and probate firm. During this time I learned to live into a career and how to get up everyday and work very very hard. I also became extensively involved in the senior high youth ministry and prayer ministry at my local church. I saw my gifts grow and my passions engaged, and with the help of my faith community, I began to discern a call to something new. Not knowing where this call would lead, I eventually left my job practicing law, packed up all my belongings and moved across the country to Washington, D.C. While in D.C. I lived in an intentional Christian community house in Arlington, VA called Ivanwold. During my time there I worked on the grounds crew maintaining a meeting house called the Cedars which serves leaders in the area and lived with 11 other men. During my nine months there, I discerned a call to full-time pastoral ministry.
After Ivanwold, I returned to San Antonio for the summer where I shadowed one of my pastors at Riverside Community Church in Spring Branch, TX. In the Fall I returned to North Carolina to attend seminary at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Seminary was the first formal theological education I had received. It was a powerful time in many ways, but also very challenging and stretching. During my time at Duke I served all three years as the Methodist campus minister at Elon University, and spent a summer as the student intern at Highlands UMC in Highlands, NC. I also worked at the Fuqua School of Business for two years and took a class there on Social Entrepreneurship, one of my favorite classes ever!
After completing seminary I returned home to San Antonio, TX where I took a job at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church as an associate pastor. In this job I would preach at least once a month, I had a hospital visit day each week, I mentored parishioners, taught Bible studies and prayer groups, worked with the ministries on organizational structure and planning, and oversaw our prophetic ministry at AHUMC. I currently serve as the Executive Pastor of AHUMC. This means I oversee the mission, ministries and staff of the church. I also work with The WIRED Group as a chief consultant, working with pastors, leaders, teams, organizations and families, helping them to discover and live into who God has created and called them to be.
I am blessed to get to do what I love most days of my life in the place and with the people I feel called to serve. I consider myself a very lucky man!