I am a proud sixth generation Texan. Born & Raised. We can trace our Texas genealogy back to the days of the Alamo.
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.
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.
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.
Then the 90’s happened. High school came along and we believed the bigger your hair the closer you were to God.
God and I were apparently BFFs.
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.
I landed in the Northwest and became a worship leader for a few churches.
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.
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.
Then I met the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen.
So I married her.
My wife and I found a community with the Gay Christian Network and I spent the next few years volunteering in their music ministry.
Performed my first live painting at an LGBTQ Christian event.
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.
Then Rebecca and I had our first son – Andy, and my heart grew two sizes.
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.
Spoke and performed a live painting at TEDx San Antonio.
We thought Andy needed a little brother, and were blessed with our second son – Ethan.
Andy wasn’t too sure, but these days he’s figured out that Ethan is a pretty good partner in crime.
In 2017 WebTegrity was acquired by a publicly traded company and I remained on as the CEO.
The Storm Hit. In July of 2019 I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer.
It was a rough six months of radiation, chemo and surgeries.
Thankfully I was supported and surrounded by amazing friends and family!
On Dec 18, 2019 – I received the news that I was CANCER FREE!
And so she goes on… Cervical Cancer took its toll physically on me, and then my marriage ended as well at the end of 2019. But my story goes on and my will to survive and thrive continues to give me opportunities to give back, teach, share and shine! There’s so much to be thankful for!