I was born and raised in the St. Andrews area of Columbia. My parents were founding members of Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church in the 1960s. During my high school years, my family left Seven Oaks Presbyterian to help form Saint Andrews Presbyterian (of which me and my wife are charter members.) After graduating from Irmo High School, I earned a BS in Financial Management (with an accounting emphasis) from Clemson University. During high school, I met Betsy, who became my wife just before my last year at Clemson. In 1997, Betsy and I had our first of four girls and Betsy became a stay-at-home mom. We are currently very busy parents seeking to raise our (mostly teenaged) girls in a Christian home, under the Lordship of Christ.
After college, Betsy and I moved back to Columbia to take jobs; me at Arthur Andersen & Co. as a staff accountant and she at Newberry County Schools as a teacher. We attended SAPC and served in many different capacities. In 1993, I left Arthur Andersen to start my own financial services firm in Irmo, which is affiliated with Raymond James. I am still working there full time, in that capacity. I completed a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from LAMP Seminary and began working part-time as an assistant to the pastor at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in 2017. Also in 2017, I enrolled at Westminster Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministries (DMin) program in counseling. In 2018, I was ordained and installed here as an assistant pastor. I work mainly with small groups and new member enfolding, as well as other general pastoral duties.