I know you’re here to see pictures. No problem. But if you’re into reading and into knowing the guy behind the camera, I’d love to tell you my story.
Because truth is, taking pictures isn’t the half of what I do.
I’m a husband, a church planter, a musician, and a pastor…. who loves taking pictures.
So, for those interested, here’s a picture of me:
A carpenter from Nazareth ruined my life. Initially when I was 13 but it happens still today.
I was introduced to Jesus by a man who drove the church bus. He paid my way to camp one summer. It was there at camp Jesus really started to bother me. Everyone talked about him, sang about him, prayed to him, and we were even told to live for him; all of which bothered me.
On the last night, I walked down to the front of this building called a tabernacle and asked a counselor to talk. Somewhere during an hour of Q & A on a picnic table, Jesus introduced himself to me. I felt in my chest a fire of joy, hope, peace. I was coming to know the person everyone spoke of, the person my bus driver friend knew. It really was beautiful really; this whole Jesus thing. That was the hour I first believed.
Years late, I went to college at East Texas Baptist University where I majored in Religion and minored in Missions/Church Planting. In one of my classes I remember reading a quote that said, “The single greatest evangelistic tool under heaven is church planting.” I was sold.
For years I felt a call to the Northwest. The scenery, the people, and the coffee stole my heart, and it being the most unchurched region in America broke it.
After graduation and a year of playing music and living out of a car it was time to plant roots.
In October of 2007, I moved with my friend Drew Worsham to Pullman, WA to start Resonate Church.
In 2008, I married my best friend Amy. We met in the Nashville airport, dated long distance, and eventually were married on a summer day in California.
Most mornings we lift our coffee cups to toast the abundant life.
This story of my life has little to do with me really. It has much to do with that carpenter I spoke of earlier. His sacrificial life and death birthed a desire in me to pastor, to start churches, to play music, to take pictures, and to do it all in Pacific Northwest.
My life story is to follow His. My prayer is that I may.
Thanks for listening.