I've spent the past twenty years working with teens. Over half of my life writing lessons, planning lock-ins, going to concerts, laughing with students, crying for teens, and praying about young people all in the hope that they will know, love, and follow Jesus. 20 years ago, God launched me on a journey. Along the way, I've gone places I never imagined. I've experienced tremendous highs and terrible lows. I've taken what seemed to be detours, only to find myself exactly where God wanted me to be all along. I don't know where this journey will end. Its taken me through 4 different states and multiple churches. I've experienced full time, part time, and volunteer ministry in urban, rural, and suburban settings. I've paid lots of money to get both a Bachelors and Masters in Youth Ministry, and I've learned even more for free in the trenches. I've written articles in magazines, I've spoken to thousands of students, I've created curriculum, and I've even presented at national youth ministry conferences. I've also been fired twice, felt like a failure on numerous occasions, and questioned my calling more times than I can count. Through it all, God has been faithful. Currently, I work with a nationally renowned non-profit organization that works to end hunger. I get to partner with churches and help them fulfill their mission to serve the community through the secular non-profit that helps pay the bills. I also volunteer with my church's youth group every week. I share this journey with my beautiful wife and 5 crazy kids and 1 annoying dog.