I was born in Virginia. When I was in first grade, my parents moved as missionaries to Sierra Leone, West Africa, where my dad taught in a Bible college for African pastors, and my mom worked in a maternity clinic.
We moved back to Virginia, where I attended middle and high school. I went to college at Columbia University in New York City. After college, I worked for five years as a youth director at a Methodist church in Richmond, VA. In 2007, my wife and I moved to Dallas so I could attend seminary at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. I received my Masters of Divinity degree from SMU in May 2011. While in seminary, I worked part-time as associate pastor at Christ’s Foundry, a small Spanish-language United Methodist mission congregation in Dallas. I am married to Elaine, and we have a little son named Jack.
Since 2010, I have been the pastor for Munger Place Church, the East Dallas campus of Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX.