Originally from Bakersfield, California, I am a graduate of California Baptist University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) at Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention  (neé Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary), majoring in New Testament studies with a minor in Old Testament studies. I lived in Mill Valley, CA with my wife and three children for almost 10 years. I have been the associate pastor of Cornelia Avenue Southern Baptist Church in Fresno, CA since May 2017.