Similar to many who were raised in the Bible Belt of America, my story starts with two loving parents who took me to church when the doors were open and taught me about Jesus. I was baptized at 10 years old, knowing only part of what it actually meant. I recognized I was a sinner and that Jesus died for my sins. I walked through life stating I was a Christian, but believing that God was just a being in the sky who didn’t really know much about me.
This attitude toward my faith worked until things got hard. I attended a different high school than the majority of my friends. I struggled to make new friends, and ultimately became isolated, lonely, and depressed. For two years, I hid this from my parents and my church. I was emotionally drained, lacking purpose, and felt like there was no end in sight. In hopes to have something change, I started reading my Bible. I would read one chapter a day on the bus, on the way home from school. God worked through those days on the bus. I started to understand that God did know me, He knew me intimately and yet, He still loved me. Nothing I could do would change that. He wanted a relationship with me, He wanted me to know Him. I started to understand that my purpose in life was to glorify Him, love Him and be loved by Him.
Once in college, like everyone else, I had to decide for myself what my faith would look like. It was no longer my parents pushing me to get to church on Sundays. I am thankful God put people in my life to invite me to a college ministry on campus. It was during those years that I really grew my relationship with Jesus, recognized our call as believers to live intentionally for the Kingdom, and understood the importance of discipleship among fellow believers. Once I graduated I spent a few years in my field trying to make it as an engineer, but ultimately God was calling me away. Once I put my pride and selfish ambition down, I felt the call to move toward working in ministry. God opened doors and led me to Provision, working as a Resident for the College Ministry at Wingate. I am grateful to be here and excited for all that God has in store.
From: Charlotte, NC
Married to Gloria Medlin
UNC Charlotte – Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET)