Growing up in Orangeburg, a largely African American community, I was often the only white person involved in the arts and athletics. Yet, I was accepted into friendships and even positions of leadership. This early experience of building relationships and being loved across cultural dividing lines was formative for me. It instilled a deep passion to reach the unreached and to love the unloved out of the free grace of God given to me in Jesus Christ.
In my current ministry setting, I find myself seeking out the isolated and the disenfranchised to offer the hope of Christ. I believe that the Gospel of Jesus is the only message that will bring reconciliation to the people of the South. For God’s glory, I want to see walls of cultural and racial separation broken down in the church. “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).