“God has put a huge vision in our hearts, and we are ready to walk it out.”
I’m a bit of an adventurer, so my life has definitely been an interesting one. I was rambunctious as a kid and got into way more stuff than I could get out of. This adventurous spirit didn’t subside as I grew older. I’ve done a bit of everything from singing in a rock ‘n’ roll band to riding bulls (which my mother wasn’t pumped about) to working as a press secretary on congressional campaigns. I’m the son of a preacher and I’ve always had a calling for ministry – a tug in my heart that I couldn’t ignore. I drifted for a few years, but God never gave up on me.
I met the love of my life in 1999 and, together, Jennifer and I started following God’s plan for our lives. Along the way, God has blessed us with four wonderful children—Jayden, Jeselyn, Jillian and Jackson. For the last 15 years, we’ve followed this passion to reach our generation with the message of Jesus. It’s what brought Jennifer and me to Houston. The adventure is still calling to us and we believe that God has challenged us to ignite the hearts of a generation to see His Kingdom established on the Earth. We are excited about launching Hope City.
I was raised by a single, working mom almost my entire childhood. We loved God and called ourselves Christians, but rarely attended church. My only experience with Jesus was as a young girl, and I didn’t think I was good enough or deserved His love. Life growing up was not always easy, but I eventually found my way. As a young person I struggled to find my purpose—a few times I almost gave up. Thank God I held on to hope. At 20 years old, I surrendered my life to Jesus and I have never been the same.
Jeremy and I met and married shortly thereafter. Overnight, I became a pastor’s wife. Expectations were high and I was not measuring up. I have seen and been a part of many great churches, but I never could find a place where I fit in until Houston! God has blessed us so much here. I am so excited to be a part of a church that loves God and loves people—a church that accepts people just as they are, a church that truly has a desire to see the broken-hearted restored and whole. Our family loves this city and we are ready to see God do some amazing things.