Hi, my name’s Wes, and I’m a wreck.
I grew up in stable home with a Christian family that loves me.
Unbeknownst to them (until I told them as a fully grown man), I suffered abuse at an early age that caused me to grow up feeling like something was inherently wrong with me. To combat that feeling, I sought to prove my worth in all that I did. I tied my self-worth to performance, and, driven by a deep sense of insecurity, became a consummate over-achiever when it came to activities that would garner me positive attention and pats on the back.
Talk about a recipe for instability.
When my performance was good I felt great about myself to the point of arrogantly looking down on others. When it was bad, I felt horrible to the point of despair, wondering why I was alive and if I really should be.
This way of being started early in life – think three or four years old – and took me on a journey that included serious drug and alcohol abuse as a teen, pushing for a break in the mass media/entertainment industry a little later, and, starting in my early twenties, a venture into full-time Christian ministry.
In just the past couple of years I’ve been blessed to get help that’s allowing me to see these unhealthy patterns for the first time and to get at the root of the sin driving them in order to repent.
All that to say this: I’m a wreck, but I’m also a work in progress, and that’s why I write – because I believe you are too and we can help one another.
You see, I’ve come to believe that, for all people, life is a journey toward becoming something more.
We’re either becoming more like Jesus – full of life, light, and goodness – or we’re becoming more like the darkness Jesus came to fight against.
All of us are becoming something more, but what we’re becoming more of depends on who or what we’re most loyal to.
This blog is for people who want their first loyalty to be to Jesus – people who want to become more like Him and to help others do the same.
I’m writing from the perspective of a fellow-traveler on that journey with you. It is my intention to write humbly from the perspective of a fellow learner.
Some posts will be aimed at individual Christians, others at church leaders, but all will have a tie-in to becoming like Jesus through individual discipleship or helping others become like Jesus through evangelism, mentoring or some form of Christian ministry.
Posts may include content related to my own personal development as a disciple of Christ and church leader or to Bible study and theology, Christian counseling, church leadership, or church planting and ministry models. Regardless of the specific topic, most everything on this site will likely fall under the larger umbrella of Christian discipleship and evangelism of some kind.
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Testimony at the Campus Ministry United Workshop, Harding University in Searcy, AR (2012):
Podcast interview for Tear Gas & Gumdrops (2016):
Story of childhood sexual abuse for John 3:17 Ministry (2016):
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Christian evangelist since 2004.
- 2008 graduate of Harding University’s Center for Advanced Ministry Training with a BA in Ministry.
- 2013 graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a MA in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies & Theology.