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. In 2015, I moved into my current role to serve as the Executive Pastor of AHUMC. This means I oversee the mission, ministries and staff of the church. It is a challenging job, but one that I love very much. We have a wonderful team and community and I am blessed to get to do this work.
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. Most of our work is with leaders and teams. We begin with taking a deep dive into the people involved, then pivot to direction and planning. This work is a great passion in my life.
In 2012, I met Christina, my wife. In 2015, we were married. A local from San Antonio, she has worked in real estate most of her life and has a deep passion for art, design and urban planning. She also builds furniture and has renovated our home. She is a wonderful person and brings great joy and delight to my life.
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!