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’ve been an ordained minister since 2014, and served in churches doing ministry since 2008. I love being a pastor, and am always working on how to understand and live out that calling.
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 know… the one doesn’t usually follow the other!). I’d call myself a “Presbycostal” now.
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 and ethics 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, and continue to work on their Program Team, which puts together the National Gathering.
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 ensure we stand when tested by “fire”.