As a first blog, I figured I might share a little bit about me as the author, where I come from, what the purpose of this blog/website is, what the blog is going to look like, etc. That is, share about myself a little bit beyond what can be found on the About and Bio pages.
So, I’m just going to start off with a little bit about my journey to here and see where we end up. I mean, this is a blog after all, I can write what I want haha! Just a little bit about me, I grew up in a small town in northwest Pennsylvania, about 2500 people in the entire town. I grew up on the farms working and throwing hay, so naturally, when it came time to start thinking about college and a career, I decided that I wanted to go to school for agriculture. I enjoyed the work, I liked the diversity of the work and the fact that I could run a farm and be outside working with my hands all day. That’s the way I was raised and that’s how I wanted to stay. But it didn’t take me long to realize that it was going to be hard to support a family on a farmer’s wages so I adjusted my vision a little bit. At the time, I was attending some college classes while still in high school to try and get a competitive edge and I was taking my calculus and physics classes and I realized that I really enjoyed that stuff so I settled on engineering. But what kind? There’s so many kind’s of engineering, how do you narrow it down. It was the summer between my sophomore and junior year of high school that I figured it out. I got a job with an oil company working in the field rebuilding old oil wells and weed eating around well-sites and tanks. Shoutout to Dave Clark and Gas and Oil Management Associates by the way; you have no idea the impact you had on my life as both a spiritual mentor and a professional mentor in the oil and gas industry. That job was all it took, I began seeing striking similarities between the agriculture and oil industries; I mean after all, whether agriculture or oil, the goal is to harvest a crop. I loved agriculture but needed more security and I saw it in the oil industry. Combined with my desire to be an engineer, I settled on petroleum engineering.
I had this whole elaborate plan to be an offshore petroleum engineer, working 2 week on/2 week off shifts (typical for offshore oilfield workers), which I was well on my way to achieving. The reason I wanted this type of position was because I really had a heart to be a missionary, but I realized really quick that ministry takes money and time, both of which are something that such a position would offer. So I was in hot pursuit of this career in order to be able to support myself into part-time missions work.
Well, lets just say that the only part I got right about that formula was the heart and desire to be missionary because now I am a full-time campus missionary at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. It was during my time as a student at Penn State that I discovered my passion and calling for ministry and showing people the love of Jesus. So here I am, taking a break from pursuing my career and engaged in full time ministry. I am on staff with Christ Community Church State College (cccsc.org) and our campus outreach ministry is called Victory (victorypsu.org).
As a full time missionary, I am funded entirely by gracious supporters and people in my life who share the vision of what we do as a ministry and feel called to support me financially; i.e. pay my salary so that I can afford to spread the gospel and work for revival in my community (I got the supporting myself part wrong too haha). So I originally got the idea to create this blog as a means to connect with supporters and engage them and show them what their investments were enabling me and the people that I serve alongside to accomplish every day. But from there, the idea grew from something that was just to connect with supporters in the form of news updates, to something that I could use to be a blessing in peoples lives.
So that’s a good place to segway into what this blog is going to look like. My initial thoughts are that this is going to be a form of devotion or teaching blog. A place that I can share my teachings that we are developing as a ministry team for campus studies adapted for this blog, or my own personal revelations and teaching. Bottom line is that I want this to be a place of encouragement to its readers. I want people to read this blog and walk away with fresh revelation to ponder and take to the Lord in their own personal walks and let it bring about growth. I want this to be a place of discussion, a community to discuss and grow together which is why comments are going to be welcomed and encouraged on these blog posts.
I’m thinking that I will probably start by releasing a modest 2 or 3 blog posts a week to start and then adapt my writing as necessary and as time allows. Managing and developing this website is in conjunction with being a full time missionary so although I would love to just write away and release things on the daily, I need to be realistic with myself about time requirements as well. The blog posts will definitely vary in length and will either be certain bible teachings that we are developing as a ministry team at Victory and Christ Community Church, or thoughts and revelations from my own personal time with the Lord that I want to share. I deeply value the Word of God in my life and believe that everything that we share and buy into and allow to impact us as believers should be validated with the word (I hope you believe this as well), so I’ll definitely include scripture references to accompany my thoughts and posts. Some posts may be scripture heavy, some may be a single text expounded on, we’ll see how that goes, but I can promise that everything said will be filtered through the Bible.
And the last order of business is this: Share this with your friends! If you are at all blessed by the content that I write and share, get the word out and let this be a source to reach people. I can’t do that on my own, so I’m asking for my readers to help me build the community that I would like to see on this site and blog. You guys have no idea how huge that is to me and how much you can help me by simply sharing my content on social media or telling someone about it. Obviously there’s not much to tell yet because this post has been mainly logistics, but in the future, if this content blesses you, please please please like and share and help me out.