I was born and spent the majority of my life in Raleigh, NC. My parents are believers, and brought me to church my entire life, but I didn’t come to know the Lord until college. I wasn’t hostile towards the church, I had friends there, but I just didn’t believe Jesus was who they said he was until I was 19.
Growing up I was a good kid, atleast I thought. Obedient, easy-going and kind. I was heavily involved in playing competitive soccer, had a fair number of friends, was reasonably well liked and in this I felt fairly content.
Then I went to college at UNC-Chapel Hill and a number of things happened. There were no parents telling me how to live, I started dating a girl, and I met one of my best friends, Jon (a friend who’s life as a Christian extended beyond a church building on Sunday mornings). Come sophomore year and came the end of that dating relationship. I found that what I was looking for wasn’t found in her, so I decided now was as good a time as any to give God a shot. I began reading the bible with Jon and for the first time understood more of Christianity beyond some mystical idea that Jesus loved me. (amazingly going to church my whole life up to 19 hadn’t gotten me much farther than that.) Looking back now I still didn’t understand much when I told Jon I was 100% in on Jesus back in 2013, but it was enough!
The next 3 summers I participated in summer missions projects with The Summit Church. Gradually learning what it looks like to live as a disciple of Christ who makes disciples of others and is sent back to proclaim the good news that our savior has come to the lost. Then after graduating from UNC in the spring of 2016 I went to live in Belgrade, Serbia for a year. This was an opportunity for me to serve the nations and proclaim Christ crucified to a nation that mostly does not believe.
I work here at Mercy with college students and am psyched about it because the Lord called me to himself in college so I know what a powerful time this is. A time when boys and girls are becoming men and women and deciding what the future trajectory of their lives will be. College students believe they can change the world and they are the world leaders of tomorrow; therefore, reach the college campus, reach the world!