Christian. Husband. Dad. Pastor. Author. Teacher. Guy on a journey.

I serve as the pastor at First Baptist Church of Bradenton, Florida and frequently speak at churches and conferences. I earned a Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2010-2012, I was the national spokesperson for the Back to Church Sunday campaign from Outreach. Over the years, I’ve served as a pastor, minister of education, and a church planter.

My latest published work is the video-based Bible study Pursuing Holiness: Applications from James. In 2016, I published Habits for Our Holiness: How the Spiritual Disciplines Grow Us Up, Draw Us Together, and Send Us Out with Moody Publishers. I’ve coauthored two other books: Compelled: Living the Mission of God and Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow. I was also the general editor of The Mission of God Study Bible. Along the way, I have written the small-group studies Storm Shelter: Psalms of God’s Embrace, Compelled by Love: The Journey to Missional Living and Live in the Word, plus contributed to The Great Commission Resurgence: Fulfilling God’s Mandate in Our Lifetime.

I have the privilege of also serving as the Assistant Professor of Leadership and Biblical Studies for Houston Baptist University.

I work with multiple non-profit ministries to further gospel work in the world. I am on the Board of Directors for the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and serve as the Vice Chairman of the More USA Board of Directors association with More International. The ministry provides relief to persecuted Christians throughout the world.

My wife, Angie, and I live in Florida. Our two sons Andrew and Chris are both in college.

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