Husband • Father • Pastor • Leadership Coach
I’m an Ohio boy, born-and-raised. I’m married to my best friend, Ashley. We have two crazy boys, Braylon and Carter, and beautiful little girl named Ellie. I love the beach, a good cup of coffee, Chipotle burritos, and Duke Blue Devils basketball. I believe Jesus is the hope of the world and the local church is His plan for reaching people with the Good News of His love and grace. My personal ministry focus is to use my talents and abilities to help position the Church for success in our call to reach out with unconditional love to all people in order to make fully-devoted disciples of Jesus. I’m a passionate, driven pastor and leader who thrives in fast-paced, team-oriented, mission-centered environments. I truly believe that the best is yet to come, and I’m humbled and grateful to be able to play a small part in the story God is writing through His Church. Thank you for taking the time to review my resume!
Proven team-builder, coach, and influencer. I love to help people understand their personal and professional wiring to help them grow and find their sweet spot as a part of a team.
Teaching & Communication
Experienced and gifted speaker, writer and communicator. I am passionate about delivering messages to audiences in a clear and understandable way.
Visionary leader, with a keen ability to visualize a preferred future, identify key action steps, and rally teams to pursue the vision and achieve the mission.
One of my favorite things is guiding teams through the process of developing strategic plans to accomplish mission, vision, and value goals.
Worship & Creative
Experienced worship leader, musician, audio technician. I’m a creative thinker, committed to excellence in planning and executing worship services and special events.
Marketing, Branding & Design
Well-versed in excellent, clean, effective marketing and communication via online/social and print media streams.
2016 - Present
First Christian Church (Canton, Ohio)
As the Executive Pastor, I am responsible for leading our staff team, made up of over 140 employees in 12+ departments. This includes four “Enterprise Ministries,” which are essentially non-profit organizations that function under the church’s 501(c)(3). Primary areas of focus include staff development, team growth and expansion, operations management (including oversight of a $6.45m budget), ministry alignment, systems development and implementation, and campus expansion.
2020 - Present
Board of Directors
The Solomon Foundation (Parker, Colorado)
The Solomon Foundation is a non-profit financial organization connecting churches and investors within the Restoration Movement community. TSF’s mission is to provide profitable investment opportunities to individuals, congregations and para-church organizations and turn them into innovative loans for growing churches ultimately providing an avenue for greater ministry and expanded impact. TSF is currently the fourth largest Church Extension Fund in America with over $800m in total assets and approximately 300 loans nationwide. www.thesolomonfoundation.org
Student Ministry Pastor
First Christian Church (Canton, Ohio)
As the Student Ministry Pastor, my responsibility was to lead and oversee the Middle and High School Ministry teams and programming. This included three staff, more than 20 volunteers, and over 200 students.
First Christian Church (Columbiana, Ohio)
During my time at First Christian Church in Columbiana, Ohio, I oversaw a number of ministry areas including student ministry, outreach, first impressions, discipleship, small groups, and volunteering. I was also the primary worship leader and weekend service coordinator, and led in the creative planning process for all weekend services and special events.
Relevant Educational Background
School of Ministry and Theology
Mid-Atlantic Christian University
As an undergrad student at Mid-Atlantic Christian University (then Roanoke Bible College), I majored in Biblical Studies with a double-minor in Family Ministry and Psychology.