In January of 2014, as a sophomore in high school, I attended a three-day youth camp where the gospel became so real to me. The best way I can describe it is as if I saw color for the first time. On the first night of the camp, God used the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 to grip my heart of my sinful lifestyle and my need to “return home” to the Father. The forgiveness He offered through Jesus’ death in my place gripped my heart, and through His Spirit and Christ’s resurrection I was made into a “new creation.” When I look back, this grace was simply irresistible; it was exactly what my soul had always longed for, even though I didn’t know it. Now, I see that this grace has sustained me until this day, even through life’s many toils and trials. Confidently, I trust this sovereign grace will lead me home, on that day when I enter into eternal fellowship with the triune God upon Christ’s return.
Since that weekend, I have felt an unshakable purpose to give my life for the purpose of ministry. I didn’t know what to do with this passion until someone came along to invest in me during my senior year in college. Because of this intentional discipleship, I have grown to see the huge burden facing my generation. Broken homes. No direction. Endless pressures. Fading truth. With all this, there is only one hope: the gospel that reconciles lost and sinful people unto a holy, righteous God. It is my desire to bring this good news to bear on the lives of the next generation.
I wholeheartedly believe in Jesus’ command to make disciples, and I am thankful to be a small part of Provision Church’s heartbeat to reach Wingate University with the same intentional discipleship that first spurred me on towards growth in Christ. If I can make but one “disciple who makes disciples,” with this I will be content. Yet I pray to God for a lifetime of disciple-making.
From: Greensboro, NC
Married to Ellen Bohnsack
UNCG (2019) – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Spanish; Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (in progress) – M.Div in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry