Where the Spark started. Think of one person who, because of how they approached life and faith, has positively and powerfully influenced how you approach your life. Who is the person? Chances are that person is an ordinary, everyday person like a coach, a teacher, or a neighbor. That's good news because that means we can all be that person. For Me, one of those people was my middle school bus driver, Polly McDuffy. Mrs. Polly (as I called her) used to tape Bible verses above the bus seats, and had the students memorize them before they could sit in that seat. In the 9th grade, Mrs. Polly asked me a pointed question, which forever has changed his life. First, she asked, "Do you talk to God?" Then she asked, "Does God ever talk to you?" That single question, as well as how she lived her life (not simply well-behaved, but alive, wholehearted, honest, and excited to follow Jesus), was enough to leave an impression, which has remained throughout my adult life and has influenced my life mission. "To help ordinary people become extraordinary disciples of Jesus".
My path in ministry. Shortly after high school, I became a communicator and an independent recording artist where I encouraged and challenged people around the country have also had the privilege of serving the local church as a lead pastor, student pastor, and missions pastor.
A heart for the poor. In 2006 my family and I moved to Colorado to be discipled by my mentor. While there, I started working for Compassion International where I took my first Missions Trip to Nicaragua. My life would be changed forever. I saw people living in a world in which I didn't want to believe existed. Some of the families I encountered live on less than a dollar a day. Their children walk for miles to get clean water and often have to leave school (continuing a cycle of poverty) to help provide for their families. As a result of this eye-opening experience, I have been an advocate for children around the world for 16 years, serving Compassion International as their Millennial Marketing Manager (8 years). I built programs, which encouraged everyday people to use their voice and speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Since my days at compassion I have served as a spokesperson and/or consultant for organizations such as World Serve with Global media, World Vision, Child Fund and Children international.
Anyone who knows me, knows I am an ideas and strategy guy. I can’t help but see things as they could be instead of how they are. For instance, he I don’t see the mission field as a place to which a few people are called. I don’t actually consider it to be a place at all. I see it as a lifestyle of loving our neighbor (whomever that may be) by using our God-given time, treasure, and talents (whatever they may be). I love being in board rooms, church planning retreats and college coffee shops, sitting with leaders and coming up with ideas and strategies that make us more effective in The Great Commission(Matt 28:18-20) and The Great Commandment (Matt. 22:33-40)." So, as a communicator and leader, I’m always focused on how to inspire ordinary people to achieve the extraordinary by thinking and acting a little bit differently.
Today Today, I live with my wife and three children in Nashville, Tennessee, where we love to invest in local teenagers. We generally engage in this around a firepit rather than in a church . I try to inspire this kind of approach as I mentor those who would mentor others. Additionally, I’m speaking, on tour with Cory Asbury.
As a speaker and/or advocate for children, I have toured with artists such as MercyMe, Lauren Daigle, Crowder, Cory Asbury, 7eventh Time Down, and Sidewalk Prophets just to name a few. Additionally, I am the president and founder of Bus7 Ministries. This ministry is committed to making disciples who make a difference through providing events and experiences that encourage ordinary people to become extraordinary disciples. s.