I was born in Colorado Springs and my mom moved us to Phoenix when I was just under two years old; I count myself a Phoenician on a technicality. My family is quite small and I am not yet married. I have the most incredible mother, Jennifer, and she lives in Plano, Texas. My one younger brother, Alexander, and his wife, Alexis, live in Durham, North Carolina. They all know Jesus and are an encouragement to me daily.
My mother married my adoptive father when I was two years old and we grew up attending the Catholic Church. We were cultural Catholics but I did have a surface-level, and slightly askew, knowledge of who Jesus was. However, He was not yet my Savior. When my parents divorced in 2003, I decided that I was an atheist. I could not believe that God would allow something, such as a divorce, to happen to my family. As I grew up, this atheism was not antagonistic toward any one religion. It was rooted more in
apathy, ignorance, and a selfish desire to pursue hedonistic endeavors.
In college, I was a frequenter of the party scene and was enslaved to my own desires. After a few years of this empty pursuit, I was at the proverbial ‘rock bottom,’ and the Lord began to open my eyes to His saving Grace. A chance encounter on a date and a phone call to my brother changed the trajectory of my life forever. I was saved by Jesus on January 1, 2017. Forsaking old ways of living, I desired to grow in my faith in radical ways. I found myself serving in the giftings the Lord blessed me with and
more astonishingly, I found myself sitting in a classroom at Phoenix Seminary eight months later. I graduated in May of 2022 with an MA in Ministry. I plan on continuing to pursue an M.Div.
I started attending Redemption Arcadia in December 2019. I was praying the Lord would open the doors to deeper community and then the church shut down four months later due to a global pandemic. But the Lord has been kind in my time here, answering my prayer better than I could have hoped. He has provided wonderful community and has continued to grow my love for Him and for His Bride.
Outside of ministry at Arcadia, I have been called to work in leadership in the specialty coffee industry. That said, I love a good cup of black coffee. I enjoy a good (theology, historical, or fiction) book on a slow morning, driving on roads I have never been on throughout Phoenix, and playing pranks on the closest of my friends.
I believe the Lord is calling me to pastoral ministry and am grateful to have the opportunity to serve you and the Lord in this residency that will span the next two to three years.