1. Describe what you do for a living. What do you like about your work?
I am a pastor at Redemption Hill Church in Round Rock, Texas. We planted this church almost five years ago and it’s been a thrilling ride so far. Additionally, also nearly five years ago I started a small business in Austin, and recently branched out into Houston, doing automotive interior restoration work. I started the business as a means of providing for my family while planting a church, and now the business provides for a growing number of men and their families while simultaneously being an enjoyable outlet for working with my hands while serving others.
2. What are you learning right now about what it means to be a man, about becoming a better man?
Robert Murray McCheyne said that the greatest need of his people was his personal holiness. I think that’s right. And I am continually seeking to apply that as it relates to my private life, my family, my church, my business, and all the relationships therein. So that means seeking to grow in my love for God, both as seen publicly, but especially in private. It means I’m trying to grow in the way I love and serve my wife. It means intentionally investing into my five sons; it’s not lost on me that I am their primary example of what a man is to be, and it causes me to tremble and to push forward every single day.
3. Tell us about something that’s inspiring or exciting you right now that you want to recommend to fellow TSC members.
Outdoor rock climbing. Few things in my life have continued to hold my attention and get my blood flowing as much as being outside and taking the lead on a wall not previously ventured. Now that I have sons old enough to climb it’s so much fun seeing them challenge themselves, overcome their fears, and enjoy the thrill of working a project until completion.
4. Tell us about a challenge you’re facing in your life and how you’re seeking to overcome or grow through this challenge.
Balance! I read a book a number of years ago called “Crazy Busy” that has constantly been near at hand as I feel the weight of responsibility in so many spheres of life. That book has served my soul and my family well. I have a business to run, employees to manage, customers to serve, profit goals to hit, a growing church to lead and care for, a wife to nourish carefully and with zeal, and five sons to raise from babes to manhood. Balancing and stewarding my time well is a constant challenge and so I am continually asking other men in my life for counsel and accountability, constantly talking with my wife about how I’m doing, and constantly reading and seeking to apply what I’m learning.
5. What do you do for fun? How are you trying to have more of this fun?
In addition to looking for every opportunity to get outside with my family, I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu several times a week. This has been the most constant source of exercise and fun that I have both by myself and with my sons. It drives my weight training and my diet, as well as helps me strive to be as productive as possible so I can go to the gym and train guilt free.
6. What do you enjoy about being a member of Three Sons Club?
Justin and Jason have served us well in creating this club and I most enjoy all the examples of manhood and fatherhood that are within. Reading others’ stories both challenges and encourages me. I’m grateful for a brotherhood of dads that stoke one another on in this great and holy calling of raising sons.