I was born and raised in the Central Ohio region and I grew up attending different churches throughout my adolescence years. When I entered into junior high, my parents decided to have me attend a Christian school and in the process I started to attend the church that operated the school. It was while attending this church that I finally heard the gospel clearly and repented from my sins and believed in Jesus Christ.
About a year after my salvation, I began feeling a call into ministry. Throughout the remainder of my junior high years and partway through my high school studies, I remained fairly consistent in my faith and I grew in knowledge and in faith, however, during my junior year of high school I moved to Central Pennsylvania and my faith was no longer an important part of my life. I had drifted from my faith, but God was sovereign and through providence, he placed certain people in my life to convince me to reconsider eternity. Thankfully, I did and had the privilege of serving with youth and young adult ministry at a local church for almost five years.
After getting married to my wife Natalie in 2015, we decided that if I were to continue in ministry, I needed to seek further training and higher education. We moved to Greenville, South Carolina and I started a ministry program through Bob Jones University and served as an assistant pastor at Griggs Memorial Baptist Church. In 2020, we prayerfully made the decision to return to Central Pennsylvania in order to preach the gospel and serve the people. We are currently starting the process of church planting in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania.
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
To lead God's people into a deeper worship of God by faithfully preaching and teaching the Word of God consistently and boldly. To meet the needs of the Moshannon Valley community physically, emotionally, and spiritually in an effort to grow the whole person, the whole family, and the whole church. Above all, to do all things for the glory of God alone by the grace of God.
I desire to be completely Bible-based.
Scripture is the inspired Word of God, which means that I believe everything we do needs to be governed by the Bible. I emphasize strong, expositional preaching and teaching of God's word and I encourage personal reading and studying of Scripture at home. To the best of my ability, everything I teach and preach is directly from Scripture.
I desire to equip leaders to be discipleship-focused.
Jesus wants people to follow him. The idea implies an active seeking him, a desire to reach others, and a heart for others to grow in Christlikeness. Everything I do should be to help people become more like Jesus Christ.
I desire to lead people to worship authentically.
True worship of Jesus Christ involves knowing him, honoring him, and obeying him. Everything we do during our services ought to be designed to encourage knowing him through preaching and teaching, honoring him through singing and praying, and obeying him through our daily living.
I desire to encourage growth and nurture obedient service.
God does not intend for his people to only serve him on Sunday. We best show our love for him by serving him throughout the week at work, at home, and at school. He is best served by our willingness to glorify him by loving him and loving our neighbors.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. Since Scripture is breathed out by God in its original autographs, I believe that all of the words of Scripture are infallible, inerrant, and our only rule and guide for faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; Revelation 22:18-19)
I believe in the Triune God. One being manifested in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6)
God the Father: He is holy, eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He is merciful and loving, and He desires to have a relationship with every person. Because of His desire to commune with us, He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to bring us into reconciliation with Himself. (Psalm 139; 1 Chronicles 29:11; John 1:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:3-9; Romans 11:36)
Jesus Christ: He is the only Son of God, born of a virgin. He is fully man and fully God and has existed eternally with the Father. He lived a sinless life, and gave Himself as a substitution for us on the cross. He arose from the grave, ascended to the Father, and will return bodily to reign. (John 1:1-3; John 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:3, 8, 9:24; Philippians 2:6-11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Revelation 19-20)
Holy Spirit: He is a Person of the Trinity and not just a spiritual force. He was involved with creation and the inspiration of Scripture. He convicts of sin and draws people to belief. It is the Holy Spirit that dwells in the hearts of all true believers. (John 16:7-14; Titus 3:4-7; Ephesians 1:13)
I believe the account of creation found in Genesis. That Scripture defines creation as a literal, historical event acted by God with no involvement of evolution. (Genesis 1-2; John 1:3-10; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 11:3)
MANKIND & SIN
I believe that man was created in the image of God. That Adam and Eve were created without sin and in perfection, but due to their disobedience, sin entered into the world. All are born sinners by nature and all choose to sin. Sin separates man from God. All are sinners and deserve eternal punishment. (Genesis 1-3; Psalm 14; Romans 3:23, 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3)
I believe that salvation is by grace through faith. No amount of work can buy God's forgiveness or grant us salvation. Salvation is a free gift of God through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. (Isaiah 53; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:12-21; John 1:29)
I believe that the church is made of all who truly believe and is led with Jesus Christ as the head of the body. Anyone who repents of sin and follows Christ is part of the church of God. I also believe that the local church is God's way of discipling and evangelizing, that mankind cannot live the Christian life alone. That the church is God's way of mutually building up His people. (Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 1:15-23; Hebrews 10:19-25)
Organization: The local church is an assembly of believers that voluntarily join together. The local church governs itself and should be free from interference of outside authorities. Within the local body, the church is to be led by deacons and elders. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Ordinances: Jesus commands the church to observe two ordinances. These ordinances do not provide salvation, but are rather symbolic acts.
Baptism - A public profession of faith by immersion in water that symbolize the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-4)
The Lord's Supper - A reminder of the body and blood of Christ through the consumption of bread and juice. (Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34)
I believe in the personal, physical return of Jesus Christ in His own way and in His own time. That He will return to reign on earth, judge mankind, and bless those that truly believe. (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; John 5:22-23; Revelation 19:11-22)