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In the last decade, I have fulfilled my life passion to use my gifts, education, and experience to help others become effective and fruitful in whatever sphere of life they find themselves in. My work experience and education has equipped me to lead organizations, solve complex problems, execute the vision, mission, and goals of the organizations I've managed and led, to communicate effectively, to make wise decisions, and to train men and women to have the knowledge, character, skills, and relational intelligence to live flourishing lives. 

  • Coaching and Training 
  • Communication
  • Strategic Thinker and Problem Solver
  • Relationship Builder
  • Leading and Managing
  • Organizationally savvy  
Executive Manager 11/2018 to Current Chick-fil-A Inc. Bloomington, MN
  • Currently learning the ins and outs of the business: supervising shifts, food safety, customer service, hiring, firing, catering, scheduling, new employee training, etc. 
Lead Pastor 10/2017 to 10/2018 Singsaas Free Lutheran Church Hendricks, MN
  • Functioned as the CEO: led and managed the entire organization and was responsible for carrying out it's mission, vision, and values
  • Motivated staff and volunteers through multiple original presentations each week and was invited as a public speaker to multiple conferences/retreats
  • Hired, fired, recruited volunteers and staff
  • Grew the organization to double its size in one's year time
  • Developed a new organization constitution
  • Developed marketing strategies and managed new projects to increase organizational growth 
  • Provided leadership for multiple groups
  • Cared for people through hospital and other shepherding visits
  • Provided training and coaching for staff
  • Crisis management 
Pastoral Interim 05/2016 to 03/2017 St. Stephen Presbyterian Church Orlando, FL
  • Functioned as a short-time CEO: led and managed the entire organization and was responsible for revitalizing the organization for a short stent
  • Motivated staff and volunteers through multiple original presentations each week and was invited as a public speaker to multiple conferences/retreats
  • Hired, fired, recruited volunteers 
  • Grew the organization by 25% 
  • Provided training, coaching, and leadership for staff and volunteers 
  • Mediated conflict in the workplace
Pastoral Intern 02/2015 to 06/2017 University Presbyterian Church Orlando, FL
  • Motivated staff and volunteers through multiple original presentations and was invited as a public speaker to multiple conferences/retreats
  • Led, planned, and shepherded a weekly life group
  • Scheduled and organized UPC's new membership process
  • Assisted the pastors with research for their sermons and various administrative tasks
Course Developer and Teaching Assistant 11/2014 to 06/2016 Pathway Learning Winter Park, FL
  • Built and designed graduate level courses
  • Recruited, hired, and trained for entry-level positions
  • Video Production: setup equipment, recorded graduate level courses, edited videos on adobe premiere 
  • Created and graded assignments and quizzes for seminary students
Inside & Outside Sales 07/2013 to 09/2017 Bearings & Power Transmission Components Minneapolis, MN
  • Cold called and tracked down leads
  • Proven record of closing sales
  • Developed strong customer relations
  • Proved myself as a successful inside salesman and was promoted to outside sales
Campus Life Coordinator 12/2009 to 01/2013 University Of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD
  • Created a new student organization that grew to 100+ students 
  • Recruited, trained, and managed volunteers to lead campus life activities
  • Coached and and counseled students on a weekly basis 
  • Motivated volunteers through multiple original presentations each week
  • Planned and developed multiple events

Education and Training
Bachelor of Arts: Theology & Philosophy 2012 University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD
  • Started and grew a successful student organization that grew to over 100 students. I was then offered a part-time job while in college as the Spiritual Life Coordinator. 
  • Scholarship Track Athlete 
  • Scholarship Musician 
Master of Divinity: Counseling & Leadership 2019 Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando, FL
  • Teaching Assistant for Dr. Steve Childers and studied his areas of expertise: Spiritual Formation, Missions, Evangelism, Church Planting, and Church Revitalization
  • Personal training in organizational leadership with Dr. Ralph Enlow, President of ABHE
  • Paid internship in leadership development with RTS President, Dr. Sweeting
  • Personal training in counseling with Dr. Coffield & Dr. Coupland (2 years)
  • Trained facilitator as a Prepare and Enrich Premarital Counselor
  • Completed Peacemaker Conflict Resolution training

** I have completed 81 of 104 of my course credits 

Activities and Honors
  • 1 of 5 seminary students chosen to receive the RTS Presidential Internship
  • 3 years of Campus Outreach Training in Leadership and Service (this included a five-week trip to India) (2010-2012).
  • Founder and director of a college ministry at the University of Sioux Falls (2010-2012). 
  • Conference Speaker for Youth Conferences/Retreats 
  • Kiwanis Member  

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About Me

Passionate follower and servant of Christ/Church Planter/Faithful husband to a wonderful wife/Daddy to a prince/A lover of people/Compassionate/A passionate desire to see people restored.

I love being apart of a dynamic and vibrant church making an impact both in people's lives and their communities. I'm dedicated to delivering timeless truths based on God's Word, while ushering people into His presence through inspired praise and worship. I want to be a part of a church that seeks to unify the body of Christ by embracing diversity.

License To Preach 2009 Assemblies of God Currently In Good Standing
Bachelor of Science: Pastoral Ministry 2007 Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL
Certified Minister 2007 Assemblies of God
My Ministry Experience
The Harvest Worship Center Valdosta, GA Church Planter/Lead Pastor 05/2015 to Current
  • Established a new church in Valdosta, GA.
  • Recruited, established, and managed church staff.
  • Secured church property, church bank account, and fundraising.
  • Planned and preached weekly services including, visual aids, and handouts.
  • Caregiver: visitation, counseling, comforting, and taking care of the needs of people
Fitzgerald First Assembly of God Fitzgerald, GA Lead Pastor 04/2010 to 11/2012
  • Lead the church through a revitalization process growing in attendance from 8 members to 45.
  • Counsel individuals and groups concerning their spiritual, emotional, and personal needs.
  • Pray and promoted spirituality.
  • Prepare and deliver sermons and other talks.
  • Trained leaders of church, community, and youth groups.
  • Visit people in homes, hospitals, and prisons to provide them with comfort and support.
  • Organize and engage in interfaith, community, civic, educational and recreational activities.
  • Participate in fundraising activities to support congregation activities and facilities.
  • Refer people to community support services, psychologists, and doctors as necessary.
Valdosta's First Assembly of God Valdosta, GA Associate Pastor 01/2008 to 12/2010
  • Performed all pastoral and administrative responsibilities of the senior pastor when absent.
  • Assisted in developing, organizing and giving leadership to the ministries within the church.
  • Monitored/Accessed the church ministries and alerted the senior pastor of any areas of concern.
  • Recruited and trained volunteers.
  • Developed a discipleship/leadership class for the maturing of spiritual life and kingdom advancement.
  • Hospital visitation Developed a first time visitor's follow-up strategy.
  • Planned, organized, and delegated numerous outreach/evangelism events.
  • Demonstrated: Servant leadership, strong, mature godly character, faithfulness to God and church, integrity above reproach, professionalism, creativity, proven interpersonal and conflict management skills, and creative and highly organized.
Garden Grove Church Winter Haven, FL Celebrate Recovery Pastor 01/2004 to 01/2006
  • Director/Pastor of Celebrate Recovery a 12 step Christ-centered recovery program-2 yrs.
  • Successfully planned, organized, and delegated leadership roles involved in success of Celebrate Recovery.
  • Created a manual for leaders and co-leaders of Celebrate Recovery.
  • Planned and organized numerous outreach/evangelism events.
Secular Employement
Robert L Patten PDC Lakeland, GA Correctional Officer III 08/2018 to Current
Valdosta State Prison Valdosta, GA Correctional Officer 02/2017 to 05/2017
Tift Regional Medical Center Tifton, GA Security Officer/IT Service Desk Technician 08/2011 to 09/2016
Doctrinal Belief
I believe in God the Father, who sovereignly created and rules over all things, Jesus the Son, who came to offer eternal life to those who would repent, believe, and faithfully obey him, and the Holy Spirit, who is actively working in the lives of believers. I believe the Bible to be the infallible and inspired Word of God, sufficient for all the Church's needs, including primarily its growth in holiness to the Lord. I also am in agreement with the Assemblies of God 16 Fundamentals.