I am the Pastor of Mattituck Presbyterian Church in Long Island, New York. I started at Mattituck in June of 2021, and came to Long Island after three years of working on a new church development in South Carolina.
I grew up on Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C.. My Dad worked in the Senate, and my Mom taught at Howard University.
I went to the College of Wooster, in Ohio, where I met my wife, Tara. We have two lovely, amazing children – a teenager and a kindergartner!
In my senior year of College (1999), I was overcome by the Holy Spirit, and joined a Presbyterian Church soon after.
I went to Union Theological Seminary (NYC) in order to become a professor (my mother and grandfather were professors), but discovered soon after arriving that I wanted to serve the church as a pastor. I did postgraduate work in theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, and began serving “on the ground”, in churches in 2008.
From 2011-18, I was a member of the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington, which specializes in adult Christian education through classes and retreats.
I was honored to serve for seven years on the board of The Fellowship Community.
The title of this blog is from 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 where Paul speaks about building our life together on Jesus Christ, the one foundation that will last – that will stand – when it is tested by “fire”.
In this space I focus on two questions:
- What is God doing in the church and in the world?
- How can we build our lives so that God can use us to advance his Kingdom?