Psalms 86:11 says "Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth, unite my heart to fear your name"
I like to describe my life before Christ as one being pulled in several different directions. My life was scarred from my upbringing and I was a confused young man not knowing what direction was best for my life. I was not wandering from the Lord, for I had never known the Lord or what was true. Like most teenagers, I was truly confused (in darkness), following many false things (spiritually blind), and my life was characterized by worldliness (sin).
It was during my High School years that I began attending church with some friends and was exposed to the gospel . It took some time to be educated on what Christ accomplished for us, and even more time for me to count the cost of following Jesus! Slowly I learned that the root cause of all my discontentment and insecurity was sin. I was a compulsive liar not because of my circumstances, but because of my heart. Being exposed to sound biblical teaching, I progressively saw that Jesus was the only remedy for my sin problem. By his death on the cross, my sins had been paid for, and the punishment for sin was satisfied.
The summer before my senior year of High School I was completely overcome with my need for Jesus. I was broken over my sin and I was convinced only Jesus could save me. In my room, by myself, I repented of sin and gave my life to Christ. Since, I have not been perfect, but the Lord continues to teach me more of Himself and more of His grace. I felt the call to vocational ministry the year following my conversion. I have done my best to remain faithful to the Lord’s call through my education and ministry. In April of 2012 I joined the team here at Carlisle as Pastor of Worship & Youth. I have recently transitioned into the role of Lead Pastor and am very excited to watch the Lord continue to work at Carlisle Avenue.
My wife Debbie and I have been married since March 2005 and we have two sons, Enock & Reddy.
My hope for Carlisle Avenue - I hope for Carlisle to be a diverse faith family that loves each other and our community well. As we grow in the unity of Christ, I pray he will make us more effective disciple-makers for His glory. Let's make much of Jesus & love people well!