I was never supposed to be a pastor … or so I thought. When my grandfather’s health began to deteriorate, I already had begun working on a degree in computer science at Liberty University. However, my required Bible study courses spoke to me and illuminated a new career and life path. I quickly changed my major to religion, and the rest is history.
I always say that God timed everything perfectly. We talk all the time about how my life would have been different if I had never taken those introductory classes. After serving as Campus Pastor for 5 years, I’m now proud to be serving as the Director of Development at Happy Hill Farm.
Leading the development initiatives is a big task. It’s one that my grandfather did since the beginning, with immense grace and passion. In my daily work, I focus on three primary objectives: 1) building new and deepening existing relationships with those who support Happy Hill Farm by sharing with others what we do and the impact their support has on the lives of deserving kids; 2) generating the incremental funding required to sustain and grow the work we do here; 3) striving for excellence in all that I do every single day for the Lord’s work—personally and for the kids of Happy Hill Farm. The lives changed through the programs at Happy Hill Farm never cease to amaze me. God’s hand is in everything we do.
Our students get opportunities they wouldn’t get elsewhere, like being on a farm or playing sports. The kids who come here are really special. We want to help the whole child, including their spiritual foundation and physical well-being. Only then can a lifelong positive impact be made.
If anything, my personal journey goes to show that what we preach is true for everyone: Potential and the path to success aren’t always clear, but with proper guidance and opportunity, anything is possible.
Director of Development