...two of my pastors sat me down at Pruebelo Mexican Restaurant and told me I had potential. Potential is a funny thing. It's overall a welcome and high compliment, but one that exposes the gap between that someday possibility and the present-day reality.
For years people had told me I was "doing great." Everyone seemed to have this sense that I was years ahead of my peers.
Then that all stopped.
Not only had my peers caught up, most of them were surpassing me. Realizing this began a fire in me to grow. While I lacked the vision of where to grow, I leaned in to every opportunity for learning and training I could. All that was left was to find a picture of my future that was compelling enough to pursue.
This quest has taken most of my adult life, and although it is never complete, it has captivated my heart and energy.
As my life has unfolded I've gotten little glimpses of my best possible future. What began at leadership conferences has grown into a lifelong quest to develop leaders. My artistic interests have grown into a passion for strategic thinking. I concluded over a decade of youth ministry work at a youth evangelism organization called SpringHill.
While there I was involved in countless training sessions and speaking engagements. I enjoyed an unofficial role there as the resident historian and discovered a love of history that now permeates my academic work.
Something in my early years developed a heart for people in crisis. I am convinced that God's heart is always on the side of the oppressed and that I must take up their case on His behalf. This led to deep civic engagement over the last eight years including six campaigns, positions on two government staffs, and consulting work for three national candidates.
Without question though, the most important step in my journey so far has been my time as a resident at 12Stone Church in Snellville, GA. 12Stone one of the most creative and diverse communities in the American Southeast. The quality, clarity, and love that this congregation delivers has been truly awe inspiring.
12Stone is where I ultimately caught the vision of developing church leaders as my core life mission. This thread runs throughout my entire life, but it wasn't until I came to 12Stone that it was clear to me that this was to be my central task and joy in life.