I was born the same year the MacIntosh computer was promoted as the next big thing for the first time, 1984. I grew up in Vicksburg, MS and attended public school in the city from Kindergarten through High School. In the 3rd grade, I "walked the aisle," but that is all that happened because there was no change in my life. My true salvation came in the 7th grade at a camp, where the speaker drove home a simple but profound point: If you made a "surrender" that did not bring about a drastic change in your life, you did not accept Christ as your Savior. I fully understood it that night and resolved to become a follower of Jesus. During High School, I began dating my future wife, Desi Melancon. After graduation, Desi and I attended Delta State University and pursued Music Education degrees. During our time in Cleveland, we both served local churches on a part-time/bi-vocational basis in Worship ministry. We got married in 2006 and graduated from DSU in 2007. Shortly after, we both began our careers as educators in the public school system. I continued to serve in Worship ministry for several local churches over the next few years. In 2012, I accepted my calling to full-time ministry at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Vicksburg and began studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. After serving there for four years, I accepted the position of Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church in Florence, MS.
Desi and I have been married for 15 years. She is the Choral Arts Director at Florence Middle School and Florence High School. We have two children - Paislee Raye (12) and Andy (6).