TJ grew up in rural, Little Rock, AR. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Melanie, for 18 years now, and has one middle schooler and one high schooler. While in college at Arkansas Tech University, TJ met Jesus at the age of 20 and has never been the same. He was a student pastor for 15 years in Arkansas and Tennessee prior to joining Strength to Stand (a student conference, camp, and tour ministry in Birmingham, AL). He also served as the Directional Pastor for Christ City Church. TJ has spoken in churches, camps, conferences, retreats, Firefighter schools, school systems and events all over the country and internationally. He is, currently, on staff at Mission of Hope as part of the Church Partner Engagement Team. He has a passion to share the Gospel and make disciples everywhere he goes.
Melanie, her husband TJ, and their two children moved to Austin, TX in 2019. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and teaches kindergarten. Melanie has a possession to host parties, decorate with purpose and serve as many people as possible along with always smiling. She is an incredible support to TJ and loves championing him in ministry. Melanie enjoys exercising, cooking, and spending time with her family.