I grew up in northeast Indiana in a family of six, and was raised up attending Cedar Creek Church in Leo, Indiana. My faith never really became personal until my senior year of high school. That was when I was called into ministry, started dating my future wife, and was able to throw off sins that I had been holding on to.
I had plans to go to the University of Indianapolis to pursue athletic training when I started to get a tug to pursue youth ministry. I looked at a few different Bible colleges and became very discouraged with the expenses. I heard about CCCB from my sister, Jenna. The more she talked about it, the more excited I got. I really felt like it was the perfect place for me to go, but several circumstances held me back and I decided to enroll at Indianapolis. After one semester, I transferred to Central.
Central has turned out to be the perfect place for me to grow spiritually, relationally, and educationally. Adelina, my girlfriend, transferred at the same time. We both quickly discovered community with our peers and formed close bonds with several students through dorm life. Several upperclassmen who were strong leaders in the community were able to disciple us. We also loved the passion that we saw from the professors. In just the first few months, I was able to fall in love with what I was getting at CCCB. I knew that I was going to graduate from here, and I also recruited a few other close friends from back home to give Central a try.
Adelina and I got plugged in at Crossroads Church in Macon during our second semester and worked with junior high students for a year. We greatly enjoyed the opportunity to learn, gain experience, and pour into students’ lives. The following summer we got married. Within a month, I received a call from Madison Park Christian Church. They brought me on to be an apprentice to Tyler Myers for the first year of our marriage. This was one of the most beneficial experiences I could have possibly had. That apprenticeship served me in more ways than I could ever possibly repay. They encouraged and challenged me in my marriage, leadership abilities, speaking abilities, knowledge, philosophy of ministry, and my character. My wife and I couldn’t have asked for a healthier ministry to grow in.
I will graduate in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Youth & Family Ministry. I am now the youth minister at Phillipsburg Christian Church. We are serving on weekends until we graduate, and then we will move and begin working full-time with the church.
It is an extraordinary responsibility and privilege to be a servant leader for His Church. The Full-Tuition Scholarship at Central has played a major role in developing me and equipping me to serve His Kingdom. Without this scholarship, I am unsure if I ever would have decided to pursue youth ministry. I greatly appreciate your willingness to help equip students for servant-leadership for His church. Thank you for playing such a major role in advancing His Kingdom!