Born and raised in Baltimore, I have always felt a calling from the Lord to help neglected people. In the 7th grade I went on a missions trip to Washington D.C. where I worked with the homeless in soup kitchens and in street evangelism. For the past 8 years, God has blessed me with talents and gifts of being able to understand and have a heart for people that get overlooked by society. This ministry to me is not something I do because I feel guilty, or because I want to impress people. The reason I do what I do is because I am compelled by love. Not just the love I have for people, but the love that my Heavenly Father has so graciously lavished upon me. It is because of that love that I can do anything. It’s that love that motivates me to serve. There is no greater love.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI I've always had a heart to be an image bearer for Christ. I moved to Pittsburgh in summer 2007 to work in campus ministry. How I got connected with Living Ministry originally was by bringing college students to workdays, clothing sorting parties, and ALIVE. The more I got involved, the more I saw the redemptive and transformational work that God was doing and the dedication and commitment of the staff. Seeing all of these things, I couldn’t help but support what L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry was about.
In Matthew 25:40 it says, "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." I believe in my role here at Living Ministry as the Director of Men's ministry is to love all people and to help our homeless friends grow in their relationships with Christ and to uncover the hope of Jesus Christ as we meet them where they're at. Throughout my years in ministry I've realized I have a heart for all people; including our homeless friends to see and to know Christ. My job here with Living Ministry is a calling, a call to love like Jesus loved.
I graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2015 with a degree in Sociology. All through high school my family and friends would ask me what I wanted to do after graduation and I simply answered that I wanted to help people. I love to listen, I love to serve, and I love getting to know people, so I wanted to use those skills and serve others. During my freshman year at VT, I went on a service trip where we learned about urban hunger and homelessness, and I came back to school brokenhearted for the people we had served. As I grew stronger in my faith I began to feel God calling me to homeless ministry so I searched for opportunities where I could serve and I stumbled upon Living Ministry. I moved to Pittsburgh and began work on June 1, 2015 and each day, God confirms that He has called me here to love and to serve.... and I am excited to continue each day learning, growing, and building new relationships.
My wife and I moved to Pittsburgh the summer of 2015 to work for the ministry through a partnership with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO). We moved here after spending three years with the CCO in Williamsport, PA. My call to ministry came while I was attending Gordon College in Massachusetts, where I graduated with a degree in youth ministries. My time in college as well as my early years with the CCO showed me that I am gifted in and passionate about leadership development and discipleship. It is in this way God has called me to LIVING Ministry to serve by caring for and developing our missionaries and the future generation of missionaries currently in college.
I was born and raised in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Starting in high school I knew that God had plans for me to serve Him in ministry for the rest of my life. In college God uncovered two passions deep in my heart, the city and the American church. Through all the wild things God was doing in my life I knew I was called to return to the city of Pittsburgh and serve those that have been cast aside by society and forgotten by many, including churches. Through my role at the ministry I get to serve those that have been neglected and pursue my passion for loving on churches. Jesus Christ is at the center of everything I do and I am very grateful that I am in an organization that I can love Him and love my neighbor. My work here is not merely a job but an expression of the deepest parts of heart and my identity as a Child of God.
I'm a life-long Pittsburgh guy, who was exposed to service to the homeless and urban poor very early on in my Christian walk. My heart is broken for those whose lives have been broken by the circumstances of the world. I have been blessed to witness God's transformative love - active and powerful on the streets of Pittsburgh. What a privilege it is to be called by God to serve Him again as a missionary in the city's shelters and camps. May God enable me to open my hand and give freely.
"You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, 'You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.'" Deuteronomy 15:10-11
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