Favorite Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I am a 16 year Realtor, investor, and developer who lives in Blacksburg with my lovely wife of 22 years and my two, four-legged children.
As I look back on where God has brought me, I can see clearly that what I am doing now by serving the VT baseball team and coaching staff, was written in the plan long before I ever got here. My service to God began almost a decade ago. I was at a point in my spiritual walk where it was lifeless, routine, rote, and stale. This half-hearted state is not at all how a Christ-follower should describe their walk, but if I’m honest, that’s how I felt, and the blame lay squarely where it belonged, on me!
I decided to change churches to gain a different perspective on what I was being taught, which was one of the best decisions I could’ve made. It brought me to a place of honesty with myself and before God. It was time to go all-in, and the new beginning was the spark I needed to trust God like never before and watch Him do the miraculous through the ordinary.
Over the last ten years, I have had the privilege to teach bible studies, lead small groups, serve as a small group director, teach the adult Sunday school class of a church that saw 600 every Sunday morning. I traveled with The Power Team based out of Dallas, Texas, where I would crisscross the country reaching people for Christ. Little did I know at the time that God was preparing me to be a chaplain at VT. God’s word tells us in Luke 16:10 that if we’re going to have the opportunity to be faithful in much, we’re going to have to be faithful in the little things. I could go on and on about the lessons God taught me over these last ten years about who I am, who He is, and that with him, anything is possible.
One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned by my service is that everyone matters and everyone needs to be loved. God’s mercy and grace are free to “whosoever will.” It is free, but it wasn’t cheap. The bible tells us in Luke 12:48, “to whom much is given, much is required.” I can testify that God has been good to me. God has lavished me with his love, his grace, his mercy, and his kindness. How can I not do my best to make him known?
I desire to live a life that reflects the love and character of Jesus as best I can. I have the perfect outlet for that, Virginia Tech. I am led by a servant of God, Dave Gittings, who has diligently developed a staff of leaders who want nothing more than to share the love and matchless grace of Jesus Christ to everyone they can. I am honored to be part of that group.
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