Tell us about yourself: I was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC by believing parents but I really started following Jesus while in college. I've been married to Stephanie (from Miami, FL) since 2014 and we have two boys, David and Samuel. I’ve been in the Army for 8 years and currently serve as an Electronic Warfare Officer in 2nd Brigade.
How did you come to FFC? After arriving to Ft. Campbell and “church shopping” for a few months, I found FFC on Google and decided we would check it out. On our first Sunday, Steph and I enjoyed the solid teaching along with the emphasis on discipleship. Two things that made us feel very welcome were Kyle and Sarah inviting us over for dinner and the church giving us a gift basket when Samuel was born. We’ve been going to FFC since August 2017 and officially became members in January 2018.
How has the Christ-centered, expositional teaching helped you grow? Every teaching, there are some “nuggets” I take away, usually pertaining to things God had already been teaching me or placing on my heart. A recent example would be the sermon on friendship, from Proverbs and John. That same week, I felt the need for more fellowship and intentionally tried to meet with another guy at FFC who also works on Ft. Campbell. The Sunday teaching reinforced that desire the Holy Spirit had given me, providing more insights into what Christ-centered friendships look like.
What have you been reading recently? I am currently reading through Numbers, John, and Colossians. I am also about halfway through a book called “Get Real: Sharing Your Everyday Faith Every Day” by John Leonard.
What has God been teaching you lately? He’s been reminding and convicting me that following Jesus involves investing in other people. Jesus tells his disciples that He chose and appointed them so that they should go and bear fruit and that their fruit should abide (John 15.16). When I read this verse, the Holy Spirit showed me four generations. Generation one is Jesus. Generation two consists of Jesus’ disciples. Generation three consists of His disciples’ fruit, which would be other disciples. Here’s the kicker… Jesus desires for that fruit in the third generation to abide. We know that those who abide in Him bear much fruit (John 15.5), which is where I see the fourth generation— fruit that abides bears more fruit. Jesus truly wants His disciples to have spiritual generations. It’s humbling to know that if I abide in Him, He will produce that fruit in my life. Investing in other people is rarely fun or easy (Paul says he “toils” and “struggles” in Colossians 1.29) but I certainly know it’s exciting to be part of His mission and have an eternal impact.