Growing up in Southern Illinois, I was raised in a Christian family and attended a small baptist church. We sang a lot of traditional hymns before moving to a more modern style of music in the later years. A few significant things happened in these early years of my life that have had an impact on where I am today. One, I accepted Christ early in my life and was baptized shortly after. And two, my grandmother began to teach me how to play the piano and we’d have a lessons once a week. This was the beginning of the role of music in my life.
I began my undergraduate degree and changed my major a couple of different times before landing on biology. After graduation, I moved closer to home and began work as a medical scribe in the ER to prepare for P.A. school. At the same time, I went back to the small church I grew up at and began serving in worship ministry for the first time. Shortly after, the Lord called me into ministry and my first experience leading worship was in this same church I grew up in. I was encouraged to get another degree for worship ministry, so I found a program and was enrolled within a couple months.
As my call to ministry and my degree progressed, I moved to another local church body of 1500+ people where God expanded both my skill set and vision of worship ministry. I continued serving on Sunday mornings, but also was given leadership over the Student Worship Ministry. A couple years later, I was hired on as an associate to help our worship pastor lead 50+ volunteers and three different Sunday services. I was here at this church for about four years total and then God called me to Ohio.
I believe in worship that is based on God’s Word and that encourages and convicts the church body to live a Christ-like lifestyle. I believe that worship should glorify God, edify the church, and inspire our personal worship with the Lord as we move from the church building and into our community.