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A Letter to You

Dear reader, browser, or person who accidentally clicked the wrong link,

Thanks for visiting. Seriously. I’m passionate about what I do and I genuinely seek to encourage and inspire with my words. I love writing. It focuses me, relaxes me, and intrigues me.

I am a college/adult pastor at Taylors Valley Baptist Church in Temple, TX. I started my work life as a 22 year old college baseball coach at Southwestern University before I came to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2012. After 2 years of working at the school I decided to pursue full time ministry and I stepped out in faith and away from coaching. In the years I was away from baseball I learned a lot about myself, my drive, my inspiration, my family, and my faith. I spent 2 of those years as the pastor of a small town church before I felt called to come back to college students and young adults. I have a passion for the age group that is learning to live their own lives in adulthood and, possibly, raise families and develop marriages. That’s something that had been kindled in me from the first time I began mentoring young men while I coached them.

I do my best not to take myself too seriously. I love music. I sing and play the guitar. I’m no expert at either and you’ll never hear me on the radio, but it brings me unimaginable amounts of joy. I also enjoy working out. I’m an avid Crossfiter that enjoys the occasional weekend competition but really enjoys the exertion, relation, and friendships that my workouts brings.

My posts will cover a wide range of topics that speak to my heart because, as my first post says, I write this blog to encourage and inspire my readers. I do my best to live that out in my actions, my social media, and my ministries. This took a new form when I was recently diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Now I not only seek to encourage and inspire, but I seek to do so in the context of helping others to understand their motivations, joys, and identity.

Again, even if you just stumbled by this, thank you for reading. You’re time really does mean so very much to me. I love to write and to have my words read is the highest honor that you can give me.


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