Student & Life Group Pastor
JR grew up in a small town by Galveston Bay called Kemah, TX. His faith in Jesus began in September 1999. After graduating from high school JR attended Texas A&M University to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After two years of pursuing his own dream, God showed JR a specific, more abundant plan for his life. Through various trials, JR decided there was no better place to be than to serve God in local church ministry. He then moved to Plainview, TX to complete a Bachelors degree in Religion at Wayland Baptist University. During his time at WBU, and after graduating in May 2013, JR worked as the Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church Hale Center in Hale Center, TX for almost four years. Before his final semester of undergraduate work, JR married his wonderful wife, Kelli, on January 11th, 2013.
While serving in Hale Center, JR had a wonderful opportunity presented to him to attend George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, TX. JR and his wife moved to Waco in June 2014. After his first year of seminary, they relocated to Gatesville, TX to work in full-time ministry. Currently, JR is nearing the completion of a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Theology.