A.J. was born in Orlando, Florida. His wife Ashley was born in Bellevue Washington. They met in the middle—in middle school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They were high school sweethearts and have been married since 2012. Ashley has her Master Degree in Mathematics from the University of Tulsa. A.J. has his Associates Degree in General Education through Tulsa Community College.
From 2008-2010, A.J. served in various ministries throughout Tulsa including work in student, college and music ministry, while also leading worship at many camps, retreats, events, etc.. In 2010 he accepted his first church staff position at Indian Springs Baptist Church where he served 2 years as their Student Pastor. That position was followed by the role of Student and Worship Pastor at Garnett Road Baptist Church. Parents and students have been valuing his service here at Evergreen, which began in February 2014, as he serves as our Pastor to College Students and Associate Student Pastor.
A.J. is currently working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies through Oklahoma Baptist University, with plans to continue to get his Masters. He has a heart for reaching young adults and students for Christ. He also loves leading worship when the opportunity is given.
A.J. loves anything active including working out, playing softball, flag football, basketball, and jiu-jitsu. He is also a die-hard Oklahoma City Thunder fan!
Little known facts about A.J. might include the fact that he is the fourth generation of sons with the same name and that he plans on naming his first born son the same, adding “V” (fifth) at the end.