Here is an introduction to our new pastor in his own words:
I was born and raised in Carrollton, Texas with my four younger siblings. As a kid, I was an active member of the youth group and choir at my family's church, St. Andrew UMC. In high school, I ran cross-country, sang in the choir, and participated in the school musicals.
I attended college at Emory University in Atlanta, where I majored in Business and Political Science. At Emory, I was active in the Wesley Fellowship as a member of our discipleship team, planning Bible studies, retreats, and small groups. I continued singing in choir at Emory, as well. After undergrad, I worked for College Forward, a nonprofit in Austin, as a college access coach, teaching an after-school class that helped low-income high school juniors apply to college.
Then, I enrolled in Perkins School of Theology at SMU, from which I'll be graduating this May with a Master of Divinity. While at Perkins, I attended Greenland Hills UMC, where I served this past year as a full-time intern. During my time at Perkins, I also volunteered regularly with Family Gateway, a nonprofit that houses homeless families, and Reading Partners, as a reader for children at a local elementary school. At this year's North Texas Annual Conference, I will be commissioned as a provisional elder in the United Methodist Church.
My driving passion in life is to share God's radical, unconditional love with all people and inspire others to do the same. I enjoy preaching and teaching, providing pastoral care, working with children and youth, and serving the community through mission work. I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to serve St. Stephen UMC, helping you to share God's love with each other, the community, and the world.