I grew up in Tennessee on a farm and came to Texas in 1993 to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I finished in 1996 with my Master’s and then in 1999 I received my Doctorate. In 1997 I married the love of my life Kelly and together we have three girls and one son; Natalie, Allie Beth, Morgan and Tripp. I love hanging with my family, traveling, watching football-preferably the University of Tennessee or the Dallas Cowboys and enjoy watching ACF grow.
I would be a partner of ACF if I weren’t a part of the leadership team because my church family has been a place for even a pastor to find healing. Imagine that! Continues to prove that we are on mission to be “an authentic community of faith doing life together in Jesus’ name”!
I was born and raised in Houston, TX and moved to DFW when I turned 16. I accepted the Lord as my Savior shortly after that, and began serving in children’s ministry as a student volunteer. After graduating Burleson High School in 2002, I attended Dallas Baptist University where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Studies in 2007 and then a Master’s Degree in Christian Education in 2012. During that time, I also met my beautiful wife Melanie while we were serving as children’s ministry interns. We were married in December 2013. The Lord blessed us with an amazing daughter named Huxleigh in 2015 who can best be described as a sour patch kid – sour and sweet. I love spending time with my girls, watching movies, collecting Star Wars and Mickey Mouse memorabilia, and teaching kids about the love of Jesus!
What I love most about ACF is that from the very beginning, everyone has made us feel so welcomed and have shown the love of Jesus in a real authentic way. Immediately, we felt like part of the ACF family!
My wife Heidi and I have been married since 2011 and we have three daughters Addison ‘Addi’, Emma, and Charlotte. We also have a dog and a cat, both female. I was born in Houston, TX. We moved up to the Dallas area when I was in 4th grade. I graduated from South Grand Prairie High School in 2002. Then joined the Marine Corps Reserve and deployed to Iraq twice. After a year at UT Arlington I transferred to Dallas Baptist University where I graduated with my Bachelors in 2009 and my Masters in Christian Education in 2012. I have served in some capacity in churches for over 15 years, the majority being in Student Ministry. I love seeing students get it, own it, and share it. I can be a bit sarcastic and I’m known to use movie quotes in my everyday communication. I love sports, movies, comedy, cooking/grilling/smoking meat, getting outdoors, and having a good time.
I love how ACF truly wants the community to be changed by God and does everything it can to make that happen.
SENIOR ADULTS PASTOR
My family and I have been blessed to be involved with ACF for most of the last decade. My wife, Katie, and I have three children – Cole, Ella, and Ardyn. Each one of our kids have been engaged in Awana and/or Student Ministry over the years. As a family, we have served the Discovery Village Senior Living Community since 2018, growing in fellowship and love for our ACF members located in that community. We have lived in the DFW area for the last 20 years or so. I am a proud graduate of The University of Oklahoma – BOOMER – and Liberty University – Go Flames! I also serve in the Texas Air National Guard as a Chaplain and I absolutely love it! My family and I are excited to serve the ACF family!
To me, ACF has been a mirror image of the Acts 2:42 church. I have been able to share burdens and joys with many in this authentic community of believers who love Jesus and who engage in loving and serving others!
I grew up the youngest of 4 and the only girl, so you could say I learned to hold my own in the house and on the sports fields! In 1997 I said “I do” to my highschool sweetheart, Scott. We have 3 kids: Paxton, Savannah and Phoenix. Our roots are in Irving Texas where we both grew up and started our life together. We have many fond memories and lasting friendships from our church in Irving, so when God brought us to ACF in 2014 we weren’t sure what was in store. We quickly realized it was the place where our family could get connected and grow spiritually.
Our family has been deeply impacted by the resources, people, support and prayers that came through ministries from being connected in church. This personal experience has given me a passion for serving here at ACF and in the community. Encouraging others to connect, use their gifts for the glory of God and disciple one another brings me great joy! I deeply appreciate the personal investment that occurs through discipleship and believe it is important to our faith walk.
Kelly and I have been married since 1988 and are the proud parents of two wonderful adult children. I have been active in Baptist churches for most of my life. My mother was a strong Christian lady who led our family because my father was an alcoholic and wouldn’t go to church. One of my biggest answers to prayer was when he came to Christ in his 80s. Remember God is always faithful. Because of some great mentors and role models from the community when I was young, I came to the Lord early in life and have been blessed by His hand over my life. I have served the USAF on active duty since 1988, and I joined the Texas Air National Guard in 1998. I look forward to returning to my other full time job with United Airlines in the not too distant future. We are blessed to serve ACF since its beginning and are committed to continue serving the community.
What I love most about ACF is that it’s just home.
FIRST FLIGHT PRESCHOOL
FIRST FLIGHT PRESCHOOL
FIRST FLIGHT PRESCHOOL
ACF KIDS DIRECTOR
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS DIRECTOR
PASTORAL ADMINISTRATOR & CONNECTIONS
BUILDING SCHEDULING & MAINTENANCE