I grew up in a home with parents that loved the Lord and instilled in me a love for Christ and His Kingdom. Growing up, my mom oversaw paid childcare workers, and my dad served as a deacon at our local church. My brothers and I were involved in various functions at church such as RA’s, children’s choirs, VBS, youth camp, retreats, and mission trips. I don’t ever recall a time where the local church was not influential in my life. To this day, I’m eternally grateful for the impact this has had on my life.
As high as my involvement in church was, this did not make me Christ follower. Without question, the most crucial aspect of my life is when I was rescued by Christ in the summer of 1991, at the age of six. This was when I realized that there is a difference in knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus. I didn’t have all the answers to faith questions, couldn’t tell you what all the verses in the book of Revelation meant, or even tell you 15 Bible verses by heart, but what I did know was I required a Savior. I knew I was a sinner and that only Jesus could be that Savior—by His death and resurrection, by His grace through faith alone, I could be made new. I remember my conversion experience like it was yesterday; my mom ended it by telling me, “Daniel, this is the most important decision that you will ever make in your entire life.” This changed everything.
Since then, I have made both good and bad decisions. I have had days of deep faith and days of great fear and doubt. I’ve had times of uncertainty, and even a lack of faith. However, I have never doubted that Jesus loves me and if I had a personal relationship with Him.
In the summer of 2005, I met a lady that would end up becoming my forever—in the summer of 2007 Emily and me married. She is my best friend, my soul mate, my life-long ministry partner, and an incredible mom. My prayer is that I will always love and lead her well. In 2014, God blessed us with our beautiful little girl, Madelyn. In 2017, God blessed us with our full of energy little boy, Caleb. Our prayer for them is that their lips would proclaim the glory of God to the nations, their hands would be about the work of the Lord, and their feet would walk in truth.
My heart breaks for the world that we live in because of its very apparent love for things that won’t last. My life calling is to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After twelve years as an associate pastor, I now serve in full-time ministry as a copywriter with The Gideons International in Nashville, TN, where my passion is to write with a pastoral heart for the glory of God, and for the advancement of the Kingdom.