Timeline

1976
Proud Texan

I am a proud sixth generation Texan. Born & Raised. We can trace our Texas genealogy back to the days of the Alamo.

1977
Grew Up in Church

My older brother and I grew up in church as my parents pastored in different Pentecostal churches most of my life. I only attended private, Christian schools or homeschool.

1982
Professional Clown

My first career choice was being a clown for my parent’s balloon store.  Dressed as clowns we would deliver balloon bouquets to kids’ birthday parties.

1986
Born to Perform

From a very young age I was either singing or performing in some play or youth group event. Here I starred opposite a stuffed lamb.

1993
High School in the 90’s

Then the 90’s happened. High school came along and we believed the bigger your hair the closer you were to God.

1994
Whole Can of Hairspray

God and I were apparently BFFs.

2002
Music Ministry

In 1996 I learned to play the guitar while at Bible college and my world drastically changed. In the early 2000’s I began playing music professionally with a Christian worship band and traveled all over the US.

2003
Worship Leader

I landed in the Northwest and became a worship leader for a few churches.

2005
Came Out

Turns out though – the church wasn’t ready for a gay worship pastor.  So I came out of the closet and left the church and the Northwest and moved back to Texas.

2008
Traveled to Kenya

But I never walked away from my relationship with God or singing. I couldn’t seem to put the guitar down. I even traveled as far as Kenya to sing and share my faith.

Met Rebecca

Then I met the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen.

2010
Wedding

So I married her.

2011
Gay Christian Network

My wife and I found a community with the Gay Christian Network and I spent the next few years volunteering in their music ministry.

Live Painting

Performed my first live painting at an LGBTQ Christian event.

2012
Started WebTegrity

Since I wasn’t doing music professionally any longer – I needed a paying gig. So the avid entrepreneur in me took the leap and we launched a digital marketing company called WebTegrity in San Antonio with my parents as my business partners.

2014
First Son

Then Rebecca and I had our first son – Andy, and my heart grew two sizes.

Kori Ashton

I started my YouTube Channel with – WordPress Wednesday. As part of my community giveback – every Wednesday I release a free tutorial video focused on all things WordPress.

TEDx San Antonio

Spoke and performed a live painting at TEDx San Antonio.

2016
Second Son

We thought Andy needed a little brother, and were blessed with our second son – Ethan.

Family Life

Andy wasn’t too sure, but these days he’s figured out that Ethan is a pretty good partner in crime.

2017
WebTegrity is Acquired

In 2017 WebTegrity was acquired by a publicly traded company and I remained on as the CEO.

2018
The Ashtons

Never knew life could be so sweet.