A little (or a lot) about myself …..
I was born and raised in Kernersville, NC. My wife and I have two beautiful children Zoe Grace and Asa Beck as well as some chickens and a basset hound named Delilah. My mother blessed me with my first guitar when I was in middle school. Ive never taken lessons, I just taught myself some chords and learned a couple simple songs. Being a HUGE fan of grunge and 80′s metal I obviously gravitated toward the heavier side of things, although It wasn’t until later that I learned how to play that stuff. So good ol’ Jimmy Buffett and Jack Johnson it was for a while. As I grew older I stopped playing altogether.
I grew up in churches, however I never really felt at home or comfortable. Being that my parents were divorced I was either in a Catholic or a Baptist church and to me it was a chore, one thing I can say though is, I was ALWAYS drawn to the music! No matter what style, it moved me. Years went by and I was invited at least 100 times to go to church with my younger brother Will in Greensboro. Finally I went not knowing what was about to be imparted in me for the rest of my life….In prayer I had an amazing encounter with a force higher than any other. I felt the amazing comfort and peace of God so strong I nearly passed out! I could feel his arm around me comforting me It was a life changing euphoric moment and as I left church that night I knew God was real. The remembrance of that feeling slipped away and shortly after from not staying planted and not too long after my step sister left this earth to be with God. Scared and at a crossroad I moved to Wilmington Nc to “get away from it all”.
In Wilmington I was not walking with Christ. (Though as I write this I realize he was STILL walking with me) I surfed any day there were waves(more than one may think), skated, started playing the drums with my other younger brother in our jam band, hung out with friends and did what most kids do in a college town. One of the greatest moments in my life happened in Wilmington though, I met my best friend and wife Crystal! Shortly after we had our first child Zoe Grace and moved back to Winston Salem. We finally got married and during all that I struggled to find my feet, we went through some very hard times and I faced some very serious depression. I was a mess!! the Doctors had prescribed me all sorts of medications and I fell deeper and deeper into the pit of darkness. Satan was really trying to get me!! At rock bottom I had two choices… figure out how to live or die…. Sounds bad huh? It IS. I felt like i had no where to go and was contemplating suicide. I could have easily left this part out, went on and gave you a more homogenized Bio but I want you guys to know! At the bottom, sitting wondering what to do I remembered that feeling I had in church with my brother years before. It was like I forgot about it all those years and right in the midst of my storm I saw a VERY FAINT light. Not knowing what to do I went to the next church service I could attend. There was only one church in town I knew would have Rockin’ Praise and Worship (remember what i said about the music?) and that same brother took me to Agape Faith Church!!!
That day in Oct of 09 I gave my life to the one and only LIFE GIVER Jesus Christ and started my healing process!! Remember those drums? I traded them for guitar gear and started playing again after many years of not really touching a guitar, other than the occasional jam here and there. One day during service the Holy Spirit told me to join the praise and worship team. I struggled thinking it was flesh at first since I loved the music so much but God made a way and showed me though his word and others that it WAS his will. Then I received a refund check in the mail out of the blue for the exact amount of money I needed to purchase the gear required to play on the team! Well then, I have got do it i said! During that time I met April and she was commissioned by God to start LifeGiver. So being obedient April called me up and we started writing music together. The rest is pretty much a whirlwind of Gods Glory, Grace and Mercy, and there is so much more to come!!!! Thanks to my family for support God for his Grace and Mercy and to you guys !!! Without all of that none of this would be possible !!!
****If anyone needs any help with depression/suicide/drugs or any bondage PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let your loved ones know. Do not hold it inside, give it to GOD and tell him to take it from you. Contact your local church body and get connected. Tell someone there what you are facing! You are NOT ALONE !!! If you need help or prayer, email us and let us know we will get you connected !!!!!! Know this **GOD LOVES YOU** and we do too !!! *****