First and foremost, I’m married to a beautiful, God-fearing woman, with whom the Lord has greatly blessed me. God has used my wife to make me the man I am today, and to continue to help me grow. My wife and I are what you may call foodies. We love cooking and experimenting with new dishes. A relaxing evening for us entails cooking a good meal together.
I was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. My parents have been married for 50 years, and I am the youngest of four boys as well as an identical twin. I was raised in a Christian household and attended church regularly growing up, but didn’t become a Christian until my mid-20s. I attended the University of South Carolina for my undergraduate degree in psychology (2001) and, after working for two years for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, decided to pursue advanced degrees in counseling. I hold a master’s degree from Auburn University (2007) and a doctor’s degree from the University of Virginia (2010), both in counseling. I’m also a licensed professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.