I was born and raised in Westchester, NY. Though I grew up in church, my relationship with God was defined more by praying for wins in football and passing classes in school. It wasn’t until college, that I was introduced to a consistent lifestyle of living for God, through Campus Crusade for Christ. I met my wife, Natarsha, doing college ministry at a leadership conference. We have two daughters; Faith who is six and Leah who is five.
Once my collegiate football career ended, I helped start a campus ministry called IMPACT, geared towards reaching out to the African American community. This experience was a turning point in my life, and I realized the most influential way to change the world was to preach The Gospel. In that moment, I committed my life to ministry.
I enjoy working out, listening to 90s hip-hop, and reading on social and political issues.
I married my wife Jessica in 2010. We met working together at a camp in North Carolina. We moved to Brooklyn in the Summer of 2014 to pursue ministry in an urban context. We have one son, Calvin, who was born four months after we moved to Brooklyn.
I went to college at UNC Charlotte and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Towards the end of my college experience, I became involved in an on-campus church for college students. After graduation, instead of pursuing a career in the finance industry, I felt called to do ministry with this collegiate church. I spent seven years on staff with this collegiate church. During these seven years, I helped establish financial bookkeeping and forecasting principles. I used simple and repeatable methods to lead missional communities. And I helped implement a discipleship culture to train students to be disciple-makers. We moved to Brooklyn to see a disciple-making movement through young adults and I began serving as the Executive Pastor at Bridge Church in March 2015.
I am an avid professional sports follower. More than just watching, I enjoy the statistical side of the game. I am also a former DJ, so I enjoys connecting with people over various music genres.
I am married to the love of my life, Tamica. We have one daughter, Ire’Ana.
I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies and minor in Sociology.
My name means ‘messenger’ in Arabic. It’s fitting because I am passionate about communicating, especially about the Message that God is pursuing reconciliation, peace and redemption in the world through us. I love translating spiritual truths from the Scriptures into the language and ethos of our time, especially to college students and young adults. I has been on staff with Cru for 15 years.
I am passionate about sports, music, cooking and eating, and inspiring people to live in light of eternity.
Community Life Pastor
My wife and I met each other at ten years old in middle school. She has been my best friend ever since and we tied the knot in 2011. Our daughter, Charlotte, was born in October of 2013.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Both of my parents were believers in Jesus and raised me in the church. I studied Computer Engineering and have spent the last six years as an IT Director for various companies. I have always had a belief in God but I did not decide to take my relationship with Jesus seriously until my father passed away in 2007. My ministry experience has been serving small storefront churches in Brooklyn until 2013 when I met Pastor James Roberson and joined the team to plant the Bridge Church. I learned so much going through the experience of planting the Bridge Church and I hope to bring leadership and transformation to the rest of my hometown of Brooklyn.
I love studying philosophy. I’m a big comic book nerd. I have a passion for technology and anything digital. In continuing with the nerd theme here, I am also an avid gamer. Besides being a stereotypical nerd, I also love listening to Hip-Hop. So… I guess I’m a Hip Hop Nerd.
Next Steps Pastor
What’s good beautiful people?!?! Our family is so glad to be a part of what God is doing in and through Bridge Church! My wife and I were both born and raised here in New York City (she’s from Brooklyn and I’m from the Bronx). After graduating college and getting married in 2003, we moved Maryland to work as computer engineers. After 14 years or suburban living and having four children (Junias, Addai, Sureya, and Gazsi), the Lord called us to come back home to be on mission for Him in 2016.
God captured my heart in college and immediately had me involved in campus ministry at Syracuse University. While working as an engineer in Maryland, I served as a youth leader, Sunday school teacher, prison minister, and evangelism lead. I also completed a three-year ministry apprenticeship at Redeeming Grace Baptist Church in preparation to answer the missionary call. As families pastor, I direct all children’s ministry, youth ministry, and once-a-month family gatherings. I’m also working towards engaging and serving families in Flatbush.
I LOVE taking the kids out to explore in the city. Being the father of little boys has been a great excuse to revive my video gaming career. I can also be a technology junkie with the best of them.
Me and my wife Jennifer have been married since 1997 and have three daughters, Katie, Maddie, and Michie. Although we relocated to Brooklyn, New York in December 2013, we felt we were “home” since our first time in the city. They love the density of people and diversity of cultures that only an urban context like Brooklyn can provide.
I graduated from Cumberland College and I served as a student pastor and church planter in Cincinnati, Ohio. Besides being an Elder at the Bridge Church, I currently serve as the Send City Missionary for the North American Mission Board (NAMB) overseeing the church planting strategy for NAMB in the city. Throughout my ministry experience, I have focused on developing missionary leaders to provide laborers for the harvest field with a particular burden for urban areas. I played an integral part in establishing the Rebuild Network, a network of churches focused on developing multiethnic leaders for the urban context, while serving as the Northeast director.
In my free time, I love cooking and exploring the city with my family. I also enjoy eating chicken wings and drinking coffee (not at the same time). My favorite Scripture verses are Isaiah 55:8-9.