I was born and raised just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. My parents still live in the house where I was brought home from the hospital. From a very young age I remember believing in God. I was highly influenced by the youth minister I had as a kid. He loved God. Loved others. Loved good coffee and good beer. He was just a magnetic personality. He was very impactful and that’s really driven a lot of what I’ve done and who I am today.
Currently, I work at a financial software company as a systems engineer. Essentially, I ensure that your online bank account stays connected to your money. I have a beautiful wife and two beautiful children. I’m a musician. I’m an outdoorsman. I’m somewhat of an oddball. I’m a lot of different things.
I’m passionate about music. I credit my songwriting to a few things. But mostly, my dad’s taste in music inspired me: Billy Joel, Jim Croce, Johnny Cash. I loved listening to the stories those artists would tell. My mother was also a natural storyteller and she always captivated me and my two brothers.
I’m passionate about my children. I really want to see my girls love Jesus and I want to see them love community. I want to see them serve the community that they’re in. I’m really proud of my girls. It’s not necessarily something they did, I’m just proud of who they are.
I am creative. I think everybody is creative on some level. But, I think a lot of people don’t see themselves as creative. In songwriting, I think that’s a very creative outlet for me. Interacting with Imogen and Birdie; I try to make up stories, make up something new for them. I’ve noticed Imogen likes to sing songs about her day, which is so creative. That’s a very creative way to process your day. But also in work, I’m essentially working on puzzles all day, so it takes a creative mind to think through all of the different solutions.
I’m passionate about my community. Our community is where we live. For me, it’s Roswell, it’s Christ Fellowship. It’s also my work and the people I see at the places I go on a regular basis. I don’t think creativity is required for community to exist. But, for community to thrive, it is necessary. I think that creativity breeds community. In Lexington, where we lived for 6 years, creative minds started a brewery in a warehouse. Now it’s West Sixth Brewing. And now other businesses have their headquarters in that building alongside each other. People started running there. People started doing yoga there. Now people come together there every day. I see that in Roswell. It’s a different community. But events like the Roswell Arts Festival show this community’s coming together around creativity.
I have a vision for my family to be more invested in where we live and to be more committed to where we live. Whether that continues to be Roswell or wherever we end up. But, I’m a creature of comfort, so forming new relationships is difficult for me. I tend to reach for relationships that are familiar rather than forming new ones. It definitely hinders my investment in community.
I think I should always be striving to know more than just names. I want to know more people and know them more deeply. To never cease making people feel welcome and known in this community.