Church Council Member
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I grew up in a catholic family and we went to Church every Sunday. I participated in first communion, CCD classes and the other prescribed teachings in the church. As a teenager, I was very active in my church’s youth group and became a leader in that group. I enjoyed being grounded in a church and the peace that came with that. As I grew older, I began to question some of the beliefs in the catholic church. Doing confessions to a priest and then being forgiven didn’t seem to fit. Then came college.
Some of my history, I grew up as a military brat, I was born in the great state of Texas, and raised around the world. I ended up graduating High School in North Dakota. I attended the University of ND for a year before the cold weather did me in. I moved to Dallas the fall of 1984 to finish up college and begin my adult life. Once I moved to Dallas, it felt like home. During this time, I drifted away from the Church but thought about going a lot, like most college kids do.
Once I graduated, I started my professional career at American Airlines, where I met my best friend and the person who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Mindy and I met in the cafeteria having lunch with mutual friends. One lunch lead to many lunches, which lead to our first date. From there, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. We married on May 12, 1990. A year later we bought our house here in Coppell and started our family on May 5, 1993 with Jackie, to be quickly followed by Tori on September 6, 1994.
Like most family’s once the girls were born we started talking about finding a Church. It was a quick discussion, Mindy said she wanted to go to the local Baptist Church, which was FBCC now Gracepoint. Mindy and I worked in the nursery during the baby years attending Church each Sunday. As the girls grew older, we got involved in Awana’s and I volunteered as a leader working with Jackie’s age group.
It was during this time that God started to lay on my heart that I needed to make my confession of faith. I believed I was a Christian, having grown up going to Church, but the teaching during the sermons and experience with Awana’s was telling me otherwise. In February 1998, I made my confession of faith and was baptized here at Gracepoint. I have been a member of this Church since 1993 and have a very strong tie to this Church having raised my family here, seen my 2 daughters come to Christ here. This Church is my home.
Coppell is also my home, I have been a very active volunteer in the community, from being HOA President of my neighborhood to Co-Chairing the Kidcountry rebuild to now serving as Coppell Park Board President. Being active is the best way to building strong communities.
When the elder call came this year, asking if I would accept the call to join the process of becoming an elder, I saw no reason to say no. I had been asked in the past and said no, but this year I felt God’s hand telling me it was time. Going through the selection process just reaffirmed this is what God was wanting me to do. I bring a long history with the Church and community to the elder board. Being an elder to me means being a servant to the Church. Being there when needed and being available when called upon.