I am BLOWN AWAY that Jesus has blessed me with so much. Today I have more of a passion for Jesus, my wife, my daughter and the Church than I’ve ever had before! And that passion is growing daily! I share my passion about Jesus to people every week at NewSpring Church and I LOVE getting to see lives change because of what HE is doing. People taking their next steps in their walk with Jesus FIRES ME UP!!! Some people say I’m too enthusiastic, but I believe that THE TOMB IS EMPTY AND THAT IS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE ALL THE TIME!!! #HeAintInThere
Here on my blog, I write openly and candidly (which if you already know me, you know I don’t hold anything back) about my thoughts on leadership, church, ministry, family, relationships and current events. I often post new things Jesus is teaching me and share some of the awesome events happening at NewSpring Church.
I love learning about Jesus, dating my wife (HELLO!), spending quality time with my little girl, Charisse, preaching at NewSpring Church, traveling (my favorite place is Israel!! We’ve filmed a LOT over there if you want to see some of what we’ve done), writing books and blog posts, meeting other pastors and leaders from around the world and hearing how Jesus is moving in their churches, Clemson Football (go Tigers!), reading, sharing my heart and speaking at conferences and events, a good plate of barbeque with an ice cold glass of sweet tea and cupcakes!
I love staying up-to-date with things on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or you can follow along with what NewSpring is up to as well on social media. You’re always welcome to drop me a line anytime. I would love to hear from you!
I was born in California, but I got to South Carolina as fast as I could! I moved to Easley, SC when I was 4 with my mom and dad. My parents dragged me to church after they met Jesus in the early 70’s, but after my Mom passed away from cancer when I was 12, I began running away from God and towards the comfort of food. My Dad and I went through some tough times over the next several years and by the time I got to highschool I was overweight and struggled with depression.
But everything changed in 1990. A friend of mine from school, David, was PERSISTENT in inviting me come to church with him. I finally conceded and after a short time, I gave my life to Jesus.
After receiving Christ, I felt called into ministry and went to school at (what was then) Anderson College and got a degree in Communications. I then started seminary and served on staff at a local church in the Upstate of South Carolina. I was SO excited about Jesus, evangelism and the church. It was during an apologetics class at seminary (which I was VERY interested in at the time because I love a good debate) that my professor, James White, told me that the best form of evangelism was planting a church. He immediately had my attention and I soaked up every word he said that day.
It was then that I knew God wanted me to start a church. It wasn’t until 1999 when I was at lunch with a friend that he asked me this question that changed me forever “What would you do for God if you knew you couldn’t fail?” I knew my answer was start a church, and he proceeded to tell me that I was a coward if I didn’t do it. I knew then that God was asking me to have faith and that HE would prepare us for all the next steps along the way.
So 15 of us started meeting together in a living room to pray, study the Bible and dream of planting a church. On January 16th, 2000 NewSpring Church had it’s first church service on the campus of Anderson College. We grew and learned a LOT along the way. We overcame obstacles (like no air conditioning in the summertime in South Carolina…YIKES!) and figured out how to get a children’s ministry started. We managed through load in/load out logistics and formed lasting relationships.
In April of 2000, I married my BEAUTIFUL wife Lucretia (best decision I EVER made next to asking Jesus into my life). She has been instrumental in helping me stay grounded and focused for all these years and I am so thankful for her.
By 2004, we were averaging 2,764 people in attendance each week and decided it was time to get into a permanent facility. We were able to move in to our new building in 2006 and quickly learned that empty seats at optimal times = growth. We doubled in size in eight months, especially in our children’s space.
In June of 2007, Lucretia and I (mainly Lucretia) had a baby girl named Charisse! God has taught me SO much about HIS character since becoming a dad! I love this sweet, funny girl!
In 2008 we started our first multi-site campus in Greenville, SC. Later that year we launched another campus in Florence, SC. In 2009 we opened a campus in Columbia, SC. 2010 was the year that our Charleston, SC campus launched. In 2012 our Spartanburg, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC and Greenwood, SC campuses launched. In 2014 we were able to launch a campus in Boiling Springs, SC and Lexington, SC.
Over the past 15 years at NewSpring Church, we’ve seen God move in POWERFUL ways. 43,351 people have met Jesus, 23,687 people have been baptized and we’ve heard countless stories of marriages restored, addictions broken, forgiveness given and lives changed - all because of Jesus. We celebrate ALL of these numbers because at NewSpring Church we believe that every number has a name, every name has a story, and every story matters to God.
Today, we’re still learning a lot and the Lord is challenging us in new and exciting ways. (I share a lot of things we learned and are learning in our NewSpring Network coaching if that’s something you’d ever like to be a part of). We would LOVE for you to come and visit or if you have a story to tell of how Jesus has changed your life since being at NewSpring, we DEFINITELY want to hear that as well.
I loved my church when it was 15 people in a living room, and today I still love my church! We KNOW that the best is yet to come!!