I have my accounting degree, I am an entrepreneur, and I worked on a college campus with Student Mobilization for the past 12 years. I have been married to Amanda for 9 years and we have a 4 year old daughter and a 2 year old son.
I love starting things and I love seeing people thrive in life and reach their potential.
That’s why I started The Endurance. I wanted to create a platform where men can come together and be 100% real with what’s going on in their life. I also wanted to create a platform where guys who are ready to get serious about running their God given race can get connected and learn from some great leaders.
On May 23, 2003 after finishing up my freshman year at the University of Arkansas my dad tragically and unexpectedly died while we were on a vacation to Hawaii. This event would change my life forever. My dad’s death gave me a new perspective on life. I knew I wanted to live for God and his purposes.
I didn’t know exactly what that meant or how that would look..
Enter Sean Vollendorf and Brandon Rietz; two StuMo staff who sat down with me while I was eating in the cafeteria at the start of my sophomore year. Next thing I know I am in their weekly small group reading the book “Fuel and the Flame: 10 Ways to Ignite your campus for Jesus Christ” by Steve Shadrach.
For the next 3 years I lived on campus in the freshman dorms helping guys grow spiritually. I was so blessed during this time as I developed as a leader and saw God move in their lives.
After graduation I ended up in Dallas looking for a career in business. I love business and I thought that’s what I was supposed to do. But it hit me after about the 3rd interview, “I belong on a college campus right now!”
For 5 years I was on staff with StuMo at the University of Arkansas. During that time I married my wife Amanda who was involved with StuMo at the University of Oklahoma. After 5 years we were asked to move up to Springfield, MO and start StuMo at Missouri State University.
It was one of the hardest but most exciting and rewarding things I have ever done.
From the very beginning it was evident that God was in it, but it took a couple of years for it to really take off. After hours and hours of eating cafeteria food (and taking years off of our lives) just to meet students, speaking to fraternity and sorority chapters, leading small groups, and hundreds of one-to-one meetings things started to blow up. At the end of our time there we had a 100+ person leadership team, 400+ students at our winter conference, and 120+ students at our summer project. Hundreds and hundreds of students received Christ.
My favorite number: 80% of those students were not Christians coming into college!
As we were transitioning out of college ministry, the opportunity to start The Endurance was thrown in my lap. I’m so excited to take the things that we learned creating a movement on a college campus and using it to create The Endurance. I’m incredibly grateful for our partner The Freedom Fight. Without Ted Shimer and The Freedom Fight we wouldn’t be here.
I am not the expert, but I know some experts. I know I have a lot to learn from the experts and I also know a lot of people who also have a lot to learn from the experts (you!). I am creating The Endurance so that I can become the man that my family needs me to be and ultimately the man that God is calling me to be. I would love for The Endurance to be that for you too.