Our campus ministers are State Missionaries appointed to serve the campuses of The University of Alabama & Shelton State Community College by the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
College is a time when you make your faith your own along with creating habits that often carry you through adulthood. It’s a time to use the influence God has given you to influence others for His Kingdom.
Even though I was a follower of Christ coming into college, BCM was instrumental in my spiritual development and where I truly came to understand the Gospel. I found community there and a refuge from the challenges on campus. Experiences during college pushed me to become more like Christ (Philippians 2:5) by being dependent on Him and knowing Him better through studying Bible study and prayer. Most importantly, I became passionate about missions and knowing a world outside my college bubble.
I married my wife in 1999 and we have three awesome kids. God has given us a passion for adoption and for racial reconciliation.
Besides family, I love to exercise, watch and play sports, and read. I look forward to getting to know you and seeing how God can do great things through your life.
There's something special about serving on the college campus. I love so many things about my job. No two days are ever the same. I am steps away from one of the most beautiful campuses ever. I have opportunities to travel all over the world. I build relationships with students over large amounts of coffee. And I get the incredible privilege of watching students discover God's plan for their lives as they transition from a freshman away from home for the first time to the "real" world upon graduation.
For me college was a time of tremendous spiritual growth. I started my freshmen year running from God's plan for me and ended it surrendered to that fact God has something completely different in mind. Through serving in my local church as a college student I was able to explore, discover and develop my gifts and passions. Using John 15:16a God confirmed for me that my calling would somehow involve mobilizing students to do missions. There are so many opportunities and college is absolutely the best time to go! Hint. Hint.
Let's see... What else should you know about me? I have a dog named Gypsy. I collect elephants from around the world from my travels and those of our student missionaries. I think Mexican food is always better with a Dr. Pepper, and I often create awkward moments...sometimes on purpose.
I love college. I entered college seeking what I was lacking in high school: a strong Christian community. I found that at the BCM. Through the BCM I found my best friends, who would ask me to be their groomsman. More importantly, I grew in my relationship with Christ through the discipleship at the BCM and my local church, which I discovered through the BCM.
When I was student at UA (2010-2013, Spring 2015) I studied political science. I have had the fortune to work in politics, a field I am passionate about, for three years. In those years, I've been blessed to travel through America and meet new people.
I enjoy going to new places and meeting new people, the more obscure the better. I love sports, in particular collegiate football and MLB. Also, in the words of Abe Lincoln, "A friend is someone who gives me a good book." I revel in finding indie music and B movies so if you're into that let's talk. I am excited to serve y'all this school year. Feel free reach out to me at any time.
I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2017 with a degree in Psychology, but (in case you were wondering why you haven’t seen me) I spent the 2016-2017 school year off campus. I studied abroad in Jordan during Fall 2016 (hence the picture with the camel) and took Spring 2017 off, in order to study more of God’s Word in a discipleship program. During that time off, God gripped my heart with truths from Scripture like the following:
“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:1-2)
These words from Scripture have convicted my heart, and I pray that this is the driving force of my life. I am so thankful for my time in college at UA and how formative my church and the BCM were in my life. Now, as a graduate student studying TESOL/Applied Linguistics and as an intern, I pray that my time back at UA would be filled with more of studying God’s Word, obeying God’s Word, and teaching others to obey God’s Word.
I love drinking coffee, running, and grocery shopping in new places (in that order). It brings such joy to my heart to think of getting to know you all and spending this year with you growing in God’s Word together. I can’t wait to get to know you more over coffee or ice cream (or coffee ice cream!).