Yes, that's me tilling the garden on the bottom left, and that's my chubby face there in the background. Growing up on 30 acres in East Texas was pretty cool. Being the oldest of 7 kids was also cool. Let me tell you, being the oldest of 7 children is quite an experience. An experience I wouldn't trade for anything. My siblings and I were blessed with a childhood full of music. I can remember sitting at the foot of our upright piano listening to my dad play worship tunes. At age 12 I started learning guitar and making up songs with my 7-year-old sister. We ended up forming a family band and playing local gigs around the community and also leading worship as a family at our church. Then I went off to college. I learned how to make films and along the way I met someone. Her name was Dusty. Now we're married and have two amazing little kiddos, Sawyer and Jahnabell. The miracle of life is an incredible gift from God and inspires and compels me to praise the Creator.
"you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:13
There is something about being a dad that brings to life the beauty and intentionality of God's creation. It also gives perspective of how God loves us as children. All of the difficulties in life can be impossible to understand much of the time. I can see myself in the questioning eyes of my 2-year-old as he listens to my persistent requests to hold my hand while we cross the street. As I enter a new season of life as a husband and father of two, God continues to guide my path. This path now leads to a worship residency at The Austin Stone Community Church. Here a new journey begins and I am excited to share this endeavor with friends and family. To learn more about my journey visit my blog.
As a worship resident at The Austin Stone Community Church I will have the opportunity to be discipled as a worship leader and be trained in biblical theology, leadership and technical skills. Austin Stone Worship is a collective of worship leaders, pastors and musicians that serve 7 campuses and over 7500 weekly attendees. The numbers are not important but simply evidence that God is using the community at Austin Stone to demonstrate the power and relevance of the gospel and how His grace permeates every aspect of life. It is an incredibly humbling opportunity to be discipled by the leadership community at Austin Stone Worship. Click on their logo below to learn more.
Music is a powerful gift from God, and the role that music has in our worship is crucial. There is much to learn and leading people in worship is much more than just playing through a song well. As a worship resident I will be learning how to lead a community of believers in adoration of the Savior in response to the gospel. Daniel Darnell is the worship leader at the Austin Stone south campus and will be pouring into me and sharing his experiences. I will be his resident (intern) and be given the opportunity to lead worship for the student ministry at the Austin Stone Community Church. I will also be mentored by the worship leadership at Austin Stone and have the opportunity to write songs. To learn more about the residency click below.
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12 months left! My first year as a resident at the Austin Stone has been incredibly transformative and challenging. Please consider partnering with us! It is a humbling experience receiving your support and seeing God's impact on our lives through the partnership of friends and family. God has called me to pursue vocational worship ministry and to be dependent on God through the support of our ministry partners. To read more about my journey check out the story page and my blog.
In Matthew 10:9, Jesus tells his disciples not to take an extra tunic, or bag, or even provisions, but that the "the worker is worth his keep". From my earthly perspective this concept is crazy. Why would Jesus tell his disciples to leave unprepared? From an eternal perspective we can understand that Christ wants ministry to be an endeavor that involves more than one person. The careful stewardship of those partnering with us shows the power and influence of God's grace and how it impacts more than one individual. Partnership brings people together and develops relationships that glorify Him. This is not a simple transaction. This partnership builds community and develops biblical accountability. We're in this together for the proclamation of the gospel.
"And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, ... And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.