Hola! I was born and raised in Texas but left the Lone Star State for a brief interim period for college. I have a B.A. from Wheaton College and a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. After seminary, my wife, Michelle, and I moved back to Austin in 2014 to plant a church. Michelle and I presently reside in east Austin with our two kids.
I live in this part of town because I am passionate about reaching all the peoples here in East Austin. Having grown up in a multicultural home and environment, I value diversity and long to see peoples across ethnicities be restored to God and to each other. This value has certainly translated into our church. We do this through life-on-life relationships – both my family and members of our church live, work, and serve within the community that we do ministry. I am also passionate about teaching people the beauty of color and seek to empower our people to do the same. In addition, I seek the peace of our city by calling out injustices, advocating racial solidarity, and pursuing holistic restoration for community.
Beyond our church, I speak regularly at other churches, ministries, and non-profits on the topics of inter-cultural ministry, racial solidarity and holistic restoration. If you would like me to speak at your upcoming event, you can contact me here.
A few more things about me: Michelle and I created a devotional blog called “The Art of Taleh” (theartoftaleh.com), which provides a new teaching model accessible for anyone for studying the Bible. And, in our free time, we enjoy cooking together, gardening, and watching soccer (go Liverpool!).