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 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 One More Child. I also serve as the chairman for the Board of Directors for More USA; in association with More International. The ministry provides relief to persecuted Christians throughout the world.

My wife, Angie, and I live in Florida. We have two young adult sons Andrew and Chris.

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