Who I Am
I grew up in the thriving metropolis of Seminole, Oklahoma, a town of roughly 6,500 people. I’ve been in church since I was 9 months old. I grew up in the First Free Will Baptist Church in my hometown. My family was very involved in the church as my dad was the music leader, my aunt (his sister) was the pianist starting at age 16, and their parents were very involved in the leadership of the church, my grandpa being a leader of the deacons.
At a revival service in April of 1994, when I was in 2nd grade, I accepted Christ as the Savior of my life. It is something that I still cannot describe to this day. I didn’t completely understand the decision I was making or what it truly meant, but I did know that there was something inside of me saying that it was a decision I needed to make– so I did. I was baptized shortly after.
A few years later, due to some issues and division in that church, my parents decided we needed to move on and find another church to be a part of. We joined the First Baptist Church in our town. It was at this church that God really began to grow me. As I entered the youth group and began attending retreats and camps, I began to better understand what it meant to be a Christian. God used these years to truly grow me into a leader and to help me seek to grow deeper in my walk with Him. In the summer of 2000, I felt God calling me to some type of ministry. I had no clue what that was. At the time, I thought it might be missions, but didn’t receive any immediate clarity… really, I still haven’t completely received clarity on it today.
I’ve served in many different ministry positions since then, from youth to children to music and more. It was through a children’s camp that God connected me with a pastor in New Orleans and, on September 7, 2007, I packed up and left everything I had known for 21 years of my life and moved 800 miles away from home. I served as the Music and Youth Leader at Grace Baptist Church in the Bywater for a year. During this year, God began to grow a passion for film and media in me. I left my position at Grace to finish a bachelor’s degree in film arts at the University of New Orleans.
While attending UNO I began journeying with Vintage Church. It was in this time that I began hanging out with this beautiful girl named Kaitlin. We had been friends, but hadn’t spent a lot of time together. We started dating in the fall of 2008. The beginning of our relationship wasn’t the greatest as we made a lot of mistakes that we’re not proud of. (If you’re interested you can watch our story to learn more about our journey and how God has redeemed our marriage and family HERE.)
Kaitlin and I were married on January 4, 2010. I graduated from UNO in May of 2010. And we had our first child, Nehemiah Preston, on August 30, 2010. It was a BIG year!
We had our second child, James Allen, on May 10, 2014.
After graduating college I pursued a career in the film industry. I had the amazing opportunity to work on several indie films and one major production in the first couple years after graduating. This, however, was not God’s plan for my life. He used this passion to land me as a volunteer staff member with Vintage, where I helped with video production and production for gatherings for about 6 months. When the previous Media Arts Director left, I was promoted into his position. I became a full-time employee in January 2013.
My Role At Vintage
We often speak of our jobs at Vintage as our “lane.” I like to refer to my job as my “highway.” I oversee all of Vintage’s media content- from graphic design to video production, print design to motion graphics, website management to production for gatherings, and more. I have a passion to use all of these elements to lead people to the cross of our great Savior. For more on my passion and goals in using media and production in ministry, read a blog I wrote last year titled “Sleek, Subtle, and Sexy: How Visual Media & Environments Affect a Worship Gathering.”
I count it a great honor to serve in my role. It is such a blessing to serve Vintage Church alongside such an amazing team of Godly men who have a passion to see the power of Christ transform our amazing city.