I am a former bi-vocational pastor and contractor. I was the President and founder of Home Innovations, a Design/Build remodeling firm based in Fishersville, Virginia. We provided design, construction, and fine furnishing services for the home. Beginning in 2010, I pastored a new Heartlink Network church plant in Nelson Co. Virginia called Riverbank.
For years my career and work has centered around construction. I have always enjoyed working with my hands, but honestly I found my way to construction by default. I had spent time in summer jobs (that paid better than fast food), church youth group mission projects, and one year serving with Habitat for Humanity, and family projects and learned some skills. So when I got married, and I needed to provide for our family, I naturally went into construction because it was the only marketable skill that I had. Through the years I moved from general laborer, to carpenter, and then from foreman to contractor / business owner.
Then in 2009, the business that I had founded and ran, Home Innovations, failed in bankruptcy. It was one of the most difficult seasons of my life. There were a lot of reasons for what happened, some outside of my control. But, I was the one leading. I was the one “at the helm when the ship went down.” I was embarrassed, felt like a failure, and felt like I had let everybody down. The affects were far reaching, hurting my employees, suppliers, friends and family. For month’s I struggled with feelings of failure, worthlessness, and hopelessness. Over the next few years I went through the slow process of healing and rebuilding my career and life. Therefore, I have a special place in my heart for those who are trying to get back on their feet after a crisis event. I know first hand how difficult those seasons of life can be.
Ever since I was young, I have sensed a call to pastor and help people. I studied pastoral ministry at Liberty University and then received my Biblical Studies Certificate from Cornerstone Bible Institute. My wife and I spent a few years in youth ministry until our twins were born and we shifted our focus to our young family. In 2008 we started sensing a call to pastoral ministry again and began the process of relocating our family to Nelson County, VA . Over the next 5 years we gave leadership to the establishment of the Riverbank church. During this time, I also worked bi-vocationally as the Production Department Manager for Integrity Home Contracting in Charlottesville, VA.
In 2013-14 God led me on a journey to personal and relational health that resulted in me resigning from both Integrity Home Contracting and the Riverbank church. During this season I worked as independent construction consultant and business consultant for construction companies. I also took this time to rest, spend time with my family, and discern my direction and God given destiny.
As a result of this journey, I am launching this blog as the first step of encouraging ordinary people to fulfill their destinies through writing, coaching and speaking.