I grew up in a Christian home with parents that loved the Lord and instilled in me a passion for the local church, the Bible, and Kingdom work. As a kid, my mom oversaw paid childcare workers and my dad served as a deacon at our local SBC church. My brothers and I were involved in various functions at our church: RA’s, children’s choirs, VBS, youth camp, retreats, mission trips, along with others. I don’t recall a time where the local church was not influential in my life. To this day, I’m eternally grateful for the influence the church has had on my life.
As great as my involvement in church was, none of them made me an actual Christian. Without question, the most important aspect of my life is when I was rescued by Christ in the summer of 1991, at the age of six. This is when I realized that there is a difference in knowing aboutJesus and knowingJesus. 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 was in need of 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 most important decision that you will ever make in your entire life.”It is my conviction is a one-time, life-changing decision, that changes 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. Jesus is my Lord and Savior and I desire to make Him famous in all I say and do.
In the summer of 2005, I met a lady that would end up becoming my forever—in the summer of 2007 Emily and I 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 engage the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, equip disciples to love and pursue Jesus more than anything else, and encourage others in doing the same. After twelve years as an associate pastor, I now serve in full-time ministry as a copywriter with The Gideons International in Nashville, TN. My passion is to write with a pastoral heart for the glory of God, and for the advancement of the Kingdom.