Just over 20 years ago, the idea of pastoring a church wasn’t even on my radar. After graduating from the University of Memphis with a degree in Communications, I was busy pursuing a career in golf. However, God had other plans…
A turning point came in October 2000 when God led me to abandon my dream and relentlessly pursue Him. For the first time, I realized life wasn’t about chasing my own dreams, but rather how I would serve the Lord’s purposes. It wasn’t about being a better person or living a happier life; it was about pouring God’s love into the lives of those around me. I had a total paradigm shift that shaped the journey I would soon embark upon. I started to see people through the lens of God’s perspective, and I began to pursue the Lord’s call on my life with the exact same passion with which I’d pursued my golfing career.
Shortly after receiving my Masters of Divinity from the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, God spoke directly to me out of Exodus 3 and challenged me to act upon what God had been stirring in my heart: to plant a church.
As the Lead Pastor of Highpoint Church since 2002, I have a relentless passion for people. It’s a passion that has inspired me to actively lead a movement committed to reaching people right where they are, whether that’s within the church or in the broader community. I love to teach and equip at leadership seminars, Christian conferences, and in the corporate world. Through my book, Priority Time: Addicted to God’s Word, I’ve tried to revolutionize people’s understanding of how to have a “quiet time” – it’s a valuable resource for anyone who desires to spend time with God daily through the Word and in prayer.
One of the constants in my journey has been my wife and best friend, Karin. Together, we lead with compassion and demonstrate what it means to love people well. We have two teenageers, Mark and Annika, who do everything they can to keep life interesting!