You can find me down south in Mobile, Alabama. I currently serve God as the Team Director at the University of South Alabama. So I will meet many of the students and encourage them to live lifelong Catholic mission. My team and I will be modeling spiritual multiplication in order to build up God's Kingdom. I ask that you all would pray for my future marriage to Anna Bourne, my family, my team, my priest and my students. In the meantime, I invite you to read my story beneath.
I encountered Christ for the first time in baptism as an infant. My parents raised me in the mass and in prayer, and even though I was raised to be a good Catholic, I was a rebel (ask my parents). I received the graces of First Confession, then Communion, and then Confirmation, but still, I resisted Christ in my fear and my attachments. I became a successful athlete in High School. For sure, I could go to almost any D1 school. If not for diving, I most certainly would have had the chance to make terrible choices that would have changed my life. In my sophomore year, I got that chance, and I did make many bad decisions. I lacked virtuous friendships and lived disrespectfully towards my parents and other bad habits. Yet before I could make my way down regret, another student reached out to me. His name is Kyle Tolbert, and it was through his friendship with me that I reencountered Christ and his mission. Through the Bible study and living life and deep conversations, I saw for the first time the Lord, His desire for us, and His invitation to the mission. There is not a Christian who should not seek to build his kingdom. The way we do this is through discipleship. Discipleship is following Christ and seeking the will of God that has been revealed through His Church. We are all called in one way or another to seek to fulfill this great commission, and I invite you to consider supporting me and my wife on this mission.
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.
It's called Spiritual Multiplication, and the method is simple. Jesus Models spiritual multiplication in gospels. Jesus invites 12 men to be His disciples, and for three years he goes on an extended camping trip teaching, healing, exorcising, and above all demonstrating his love. He pours his life into these twelve men and when He commissions for them to go and do likewise, they do. These 12 men make their own disciple and those disciples make more disciples and so on and so on until you see the church that stands before us today. See we live in a post-Christian world. We live in a time without deep personal relationships. we live in a time when this model is not only exactly what we could do, but should do. The Master has taught us that this is the way. Many think that if we could just figure out a way to reach people on a mass scale then we could reach the world. They're wrong. They think this would be the fastest and most efficient. They're wrong. Many think we need more teachers. They are wrong. We need witnesses before we need teachers. Spiritual multiplication is the fastest and easiest way and it is through personal friendship that we will win the world for Christ. Imagine if you made 3 disciples this year, and the next year they made three more per disciple and this cycle repeated itself. By the 7th year we would have about 2000 disciples, but by the 15th year we would around 14 million disciples and by the 33rd year we will have reach more than 7 billion people. We will have reached the world through deep, personal friendships.
When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. Please consider partnering with me so that we can win the world for Christ.
We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.
By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.
We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …