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Carla and I both grew up in the Dallas, TX area. We met at age 18 and were married while attending college at John Brown University in Arkansas. We have now been married 22 years. After college we lived four years in Houston during medical school and then five more years to complete my Urology residency in Dallas.
We move to Johnson City in 2005 to start my urology practice at Johnson City Urology. We started attending GFC at that time. My practice has been incredibly blessed by ongoing growth and I'm forunate to have a job where I get to develop relationships with my patients and have many meaningful conversations with them.
We have two kids; Ben, age 19, is a sophomore at ETSU and Sarah, age 17, is a senior at Science Hill HS. We are also blessed to have Carla's parents, Carl and Joni Nedderman who attend GFC, living near us as well. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing soccer, basketball and hiking.
I put my faith in Christ as my savior as a child and experienced significant spiritual growth while in high school and college. I have an interest in international missions and spent summers during college in South Africa and Brazil doing mission work. During the nine years of medical training, I really didn't grow spiritually and lived in survival mode. I was always gone at the hospital and didn't have much left for my marriage or young family. I am very thankful for God's grace on our marriage during that time and nearly a decade of Carla loving me and our family without much in return.
When we finished residency and moved to Johnson City and started attending GFC, it was a time of great spiritual growth for us both. It was also a time of getting to know my family better. At GFC, we connected in community groups and discipline groups and started experiencing Christian community.
I'm currently leading our community group and love being a Rise Up! Mentor. I've also been able to rekindle my heart for missions. I go with a group of urologists to Mexico each year for a surgical/evangelistic mission. I started going to Cameroon, West Africa three years ago to work with a program called PAACS that has 9 training programs across Africa where they train and disciple young African surgeons. Thanks to social media, I'm able to communicate with the doctors there frequently about their urology patients. We had plans to serve at a different PAACS hospital in Kenya for one to two years, but God has certainly shut that door. While this was hard for us to understand at the time, we certainly now see His hand and sovereignty in it.
We are thankful and excited to be on the Ultimate Journey of being changed and used by Christ with other GFC'ers.