Family & Roots
My family hails from Rochester, NY on my dad’s side, and Birmingham, AL on my mom’s side. I always thought that was unbelievable how my parents ended up together, having been from two such different parts of the country. Then I met my wife, Kim, who is from Los Angeles – I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL! We have two amazing and hilarious kids, Emily and Carson. We also have a 10 lb. Mini-Dachshund named Bruno who has enough personality for a Great Dane.
My father was the director of a science center who loved knowledge and my mom was a school teacher who had a lot of faith. Growing up, we attended church on Sundays, but it was mostly just social for me. I loved playing sports (basketball, football, baseball) and did well in school, so I didn’t feel like I had much time for church and honestly thought I was too smart for it, anyway. At the beginning of my sophomore year in college, I hit rock bottom and began looking to see if there was any evidence that God even existed, and, if so, what He was really like. I read through the book of Romans and God used that experience to help me realize that there was a bigger world that I could choose to step into. Because of my experiences, I can identify with people who discount Christianity and have a negative view of the Church. The best part for me is that by identifying with people in that mindset, I have been given the opportunity to challenge their objections and extend grace to them so that they might step into God’s family.
More About Me…
What do I enjoy doing in my spare time?
Weightlifting, reading, playing basketball, and traveling with my family
Favorite places to eat?
4Rivers BBQ, The Columbia Spanish-American Restaurant (mmmm…), and Chick-fil-A.
Star Wars, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (edited version 😊), and just about any Marvel movie…
Ideal vacation spots?
Islamorada in the Florida Keys, The Rocky Mountains, North Carolina, and any amusement park with roller coasters!
I like cooking extravagant meals (every once in a while), am a pretty good snow skier, and can eat an entire container of raw chocolate chip cookie dough…