Daniel’s Story

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” —C.S. Lewis

I was born and raised right here in Nashville, Tennessee, in an incredible Christian home with parents that loved the Lord and instilled in me a passion for the local church and the Bible. As great as my involvement in church was, I was still not a Christian. This changed in the summer of 1991 when I made the most crucial decision of my life by accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of six. I realized I was a sinner, and only Jesus could save me.

During my senior year of high school, the Lord began to pull at my heart to prepare to enter vocational ministry. Throughout a series of conversations and experiences, I started following God’s calling in my life. Along the way, I met a woman that changed my life. She would end up becoming my forever the summer of 2007 after I said the words, “I do.” Emily is my wife, best friend, soul mate, and life-long ministry partner. My prayer is that I will always love and lead her well.

After graduating from Boyce College (a school of Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky) in 2008, I begin serving the local church as an associate pastor, mainly in student and family ministry. In 2014, God blessed us with a beautiful little girl, Madelyn, and in 2017, a full of energy boy, Caleb. Our prayer for Madelyn and Caleb is three-fold: their lips proclaim the glory of God, their hands are about the work of God, and their feet would walk in truth.

After more than a decade of serving students and families, next generation ministry still makes my heart beat a little faster. I believe students are the church today and can have an incredible impact for the Kingdom. These days, I love serving in ministry as a copywriter with The Gideons International in Nashville, Tennessee, equipping students and families at New Hope Baptist Church, cheering on my beloved Vanderbilt Commodores, traveling, and hanging out with my family.