Mexico City, Mexico
RUF Student Ministry
I was born and raised in New Jersey, the youngest son of a Texas physicist and an Oklahoma home-maker. In 1989, my family moved to the “promised land” of Texas, where I finished high school at Plano Senior High School.
In 1996, I completed a degree in psychology at Washington & Lee University in Virginia and headed south of the border for a one year missions experience in Acapulco, Mexico. It was there that my Spanish grew and I began to sense a call to ministry.
After working in the US as a technical writer, I enrolled in the computer science program at the University of Texas at Austin, believing the Lord might be calling me to return to Latin America to serve as a nerdy church member. As my time in Austin approached, however, I became more convinced of a call to ministry and instead used my one semester at UT Austin to take courses in Latin American Studies and to participate in the ministry of Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) before enrolling at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis.
In 2003, I graduated from Covenant with an M.Div and in 2004 was ordained by the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) to pursue a call from Mission to the World (MTW) to start the first international chapter of RUF at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City through a partnership between MTW, RUF, and the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico.
After establishing and leading this ministry from 2005 through 2011, I took my first furlough from the field in 2012 and in 2013 began to participate in MTW’s Missional and Learning Development (MLD) team under the leadership of Dr. Gary Waldecker.
This year, I hope to learn a great deal from Dr. Waldecker’s experience and approach to Christ-centered cross-cultural living developed through years of pastoral ministry and as a student of missiology (D.Min) and education (Ph.D). I also hope to offer the highs, lows and lessons of my own missions experience as I serve the Apprenticeship in Mission (AIM)program based in Bogotá, Colombia for all new MTW missionaries preparing to serve in Latin America.
I covet your prayers this year for the continuing work in Mexico City (especially for a new campus minister for the UNAM), for my service in Bogotá, and for discernment of the Lord’s longer term leading. ¡Muchas gracias!