I was born in LaGrange and raised at First Presbyterian Church. As a youth, I participated in all activities that I could: Montreat, Camp Viola, VBS, and youth group. After my freshman year of college, I applied to work at the Calvin Center on a suggestion from Emily Parrish. I spent the summers from 2007-10 as a camp counselor. I credit Calvin Center for helping to shape my faith journey and as the place where I met and married my wife, Andrea “Froo” Brock. In the years following my college graduation, I worked as a youth director even as I had a day job. After a few years in the working world, I attended Columbia Theological Seminary, and I graduated from CTS in 2019. I spent the next year as a Chaplain Resident at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital and offering pulpit supply to the Summit of South Fayette. When my residency program concluded, I was called as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Digital Evangelism at Newnan Presbyterian. I have enjoyed serving there for more than 2 years. Family is one of the most important aspects of my life and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to move back to LaGrange to be physically closer to my parents. Additionally, Froo and I have been foster parents since the beginning of 2020 and currently are hoping to adopt a little one who lives with us now. We anticipate our family continuing to grow. As a pastor, I find myself drawn to outreach and mission work, storytelling (both in preaching and a way to record history) and exploring how to combine new energy and life with old traditions. Whether I am attending congregational gatherings, working with youth, or preparing spaces for worship, you will rarely find me without my camera open to capture photos of the event. I am looking forward to this new call, as it is the first time that I will be serving as a solo pastor. I am excited to get to know each of you, learn about your interests, and walk the path of faith with you that God has set before us. I am excited about our future together at Loyd Presbyterian.