“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 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 child in Sunday school, I used to randomly “teach” the lesson along with the teacher by acting the stories she would share. The stories of the Bible captivated me.
My three brothers and I were involved in various functions at our church: RA’s, children’s choirs, Vacation Bible School, youth camp, retreats, and mission trips. Gratefully, I do not ever recall a time where the local church was not influential in my life.
As great as my involvement in church was, I was still not a Christian. This changed in the summer of 1991 when, at the age of six, I made the most important decision of my life. I realized there is a difference in knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus. I didn’t have all the answers to faith questions, I couldn’t tell you what many of the verses in the book of Revelation meant, and I couldn’t tell you 15 Bible verses from memory. However, I realized I needed a Savior. I was a sinner, and only Jesus could save me. The greatest story ever told is the Good News of Jesus Christ—by His death and resurrection and by His grace through faith alone, one could be made new. I remember my conversion experience like it was yesterday. My mom shared these words with me, “Daniel, this is the most important decision that you will ever make in your entire life.”
Since then, my life has been a journey full of ups and downs. I have had days of deep faith and days of great fear and doubt. I have had times of uncertainty and even a lack of faith. Through it all, Jesus has been my Rock.
During my senior year of high school, the Lord began to pull at my heart to prepare to enter full-time ministry. Throughout a series of conversations, experiences, I started walking the path into full-time ministry. 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 I graduated college in 2008, we moved to Western Kentucky and I begin serving the local church as an associate pastor. Still to this day, we have a deep passion for reaching the next generation with Gospel of Jesus Christ. What a joy it is to see the greatest story ever told change lives.
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 twelve years as a full-time associate pastor, God began a new work in our lives in 2018. My passion for the written word, the local church, and seeing lives transformed by the power of the Gospel would all collide. I now serve in full-time ministry as a copywriter with The Gideons International in Nashville, Tennessee.
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” —Psalm 19:14 CSB