I’m excited to join you as we work together to serve God’s people in our community. I’ve known Megan for a long time and I count it a blessing to be able to work with her on your church staff. I’m the married father of two children and two cats: Kyla (wife), Catherine (daughter), Sarah (daughter), Stella (cat), and Halo (cat), and all six of us live in Bartlett.
I started in ministry at the age of 15 when my mom forced… I mean ‘asked’ me to use my newly acquired lifeguard certification at the church camp she directed that summer, the same one I attended as a 3rd through 8th grader. I better understood my call to ministry over the next few years as I led worship in our High School and in my church as well as when I left for Tennessee Tech for my undergraduate degree. While there, God continued to lead me to places to work and serve all the way through my Seminary years at Asbury in Orlando, FL.
My ministry career spans three states (Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia) and two denominations, (United Methodist and Cumberland Presbyterian). Across the last 20 years, I’ve worked for two summer camps, led four youth groups, led two congregations (as either Associate or Sr. Pastor), and worked in the Cumberland Presbyterian Denomination Headquarters in communications and technology.
I’m a mutt of hobbies and interests and while I’m not an expert in any of these, here’s a sample of all the things I love: camping/backpacking, video games, playing music, hot sauce, listening to 90’s rock, The Matrix films, web development, photography and videography (I’m a Canon guy!), Dungeons & Dragons, cooking (especially spicy things!), computer building/tinkering/breaking/repairing, Disney, snorkeling and the South Florida coast, Discworld, and My Little Pony.
I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you!
For the Summer Schedule, we are reconnecting family (Children, Youth, and Parents) ministries, “rebooting” our typical school-year schedule by doing some fun things across the summer. We will meet each Sunday evening from 4:00 till 5:30 pm (a schedule that will continue this fall).
June 6: No meeting
June 13: Messy Game night (meeting alongside the CP Children)
June 20: Movie night
June 27: Game night
July 4: No meeting
July 11: Challenge night
July 18: Games night
July 25: Service night (alongside CP Children)
July 31 (Not a Sunday): Redbirds game!
August 1: (No meeting, but we’ll be seeing a RedBirds game the night before to celebrate the end of summer!))
August 8: Community Back-to-School event (More info to come!)
August 15: Normal Sunday evening schedule begins for 2021-2022 school year (More info to come!)
Several have mentioned wanting an opportunity to just “hangout” together. Each Wednesday (Starting June 9th) from noon till 2pm, Steven’s office and the Youth game room will be open for whatever.
Also, on Thursdays from 11am until 2pm (bring a lunch or snacks!), Steven will be hosting a summer-long Dungeons and Dragons campaign in his office. Seating and participation is limited, so talk to Steven soon if you’re interested. D&D will begin Thursday, June 10. On Food distribution Thursdays, show up at 9 and we’ll serve our community for a few hours before going inside for D&D.