What did you want to be when you were young?
All through elementary and middle school, I really wanted to be a vet! I LOVED animals, and so I thought, “of course a vet is obviously what I was meant to be, right?”. Unfortunately, I later realized that I, like my mother, am quite allergic to most animals and that was the end of that dream.
Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
I think I would have to go with Orlando Bloom. He may not look exactly like me, but his characters are always so brave and charming. I like to think that if I found myself as a blacksmith’s apprentice in a world overrun by pirates I would also be brave and charming, but it just hasn’t happened yet (weird, I know).
Who is your role model?
I think I would have to say my mom. I know that might seem like a cliche answer, but she’s honestly so inspiring to me. I’m the oldest of seven, and I and all my siblings were/are homeschooled by my mother. She’s been a stay at home mom since I was a baby and has devoted all of her time to being a truly amazing mother. She is one of the most kind, caring and Christlike people I know, and I hope to someday be half the person she is.
What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?
Something I like to do the old fashioned way is driving. No, not like a horse and carriage, but I recently started driving a car with a manual transmission. This means that I am in control of when my car changes gears, and while it does require a bit more focus and coordination, I’ve fallen in love with how it feels. There’s just something about shifting gears that makes me feel like a NASCAR driver and I love it!
What is your favorite part about what you do?
I really love the idea of music and worship as a type of Christian formation. I believe that music has a lot of power to shape how we think about and interact with our faith and the world, and I get really excited about the opportunity I have to make a formational impact on people’s lives through music.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?
I think I’m happiest just being with people that I love. I find a lot of life and joy in connecting with people, and I love just spending time with people that I have good connections with. People that I feel really know me and that I can share my life with.
I grew up in the North West corner of Arkansas, in a place where the midwest and the south collide in a somewhat odd way. Aside from being homeschooled and the oldest in a family of seven, my childhood was fairly normal. I grew up going to church and have had faith in God for about as long as I can remember. As a child I never had any problem believing in God. I trusted my parents, and they told me God was real, so in my mind that was absolutely true and I didn’t question it for a long time. And even when I did eventually question it, my doubts were never faith shaking, but conversely I think they were faith strengthening.
I started playing guitar when I was about twelve years old, and started playing on the worship team at my church when I was about sixteen. At that point in time I never thought that I would want to do ministry as a career, but instead thought it would be fun to spend my first year in college studying physics. I soon realized that I did not want to spend the rest of my life doing calculus, so I promptly changed my major a few times and after my junior year decided to drop out completely. To my surprise, God had put it on my heart to pursue worship ministry full time. So I thought, “I don’t need a degree for that right??”
Well, mostly wrong. Not everyone needs a degree, but God knew that I needed to spend a couple years at John Brown University. So in the fall of 2017 I started a new degree program in Christian Ministry and Formation at JBU, and honestly, it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. Not only did I learn a lot of valuable information on what it means to work in ministry and worship, but I made some of the most amazing friends and had some of the best experiences of my life. It was an incredibly formational two years of life for me and, in so many ways, prepared me for the job I have now at Community West.