About Me

I was born and raised in Louisiana and am proud of the beautiful deep south culture that I’ve been raised in. My upbringing was slightly different than most down here due to my ethnicity. My Grandfather was Filipino, and my Grandmother was Cajun French. My mother’s side landed in Louisiana because that whole side of the family is Marines.

My first church was an independent fundamental Baptist church until I entered high school when we switched to a Southern Baptist church and Pentecostal high school. This was the era that I began realizing my purpose in life. Through several mission trips and amazing encounters on the mission field, I knew that my life was to be dedicated in some way to the cause of making disciples of the nations. I and my dear wife Rebekah have been married since June 2012, and we are currently serving as ministers in New Orleans. 

As we consider Scripture there is a demand for the body of Christ to be involved in our surrounding community “so they may know His attributes.” The church landscape of America is what I would call over-churched and under-reached. The moment that we begin building monuments, programs, and services to ourselves there should be a prophet like Malachi to rise and demand the doors be shut. A healthy church begins with sound doctrine, Biblical teaching and concludes with Missions as in the Acts 1:8 model. 
Through my life, I’ve learned that my calling is for discipleship by means of teaching and preaching of the Word. I believe through proper teaching and discipleship, the divisions in the church can be healed for the sake of the kingdom. After my master’s graduation, I struggled to continue into a Ph.D. program. However, I was convinced that if the Lord permitted I should gain as much knowledge of the Word as possible so that I might help others proclaim sound doctrine in their ministries.

After three years of working on a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology at the South African Theological Seminary, I transferred to the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to pursue a Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation. In hopes of aiding in the unification of the divided church, I decided upon this generalist degree. Furthermore, the three primary points of theological division in Christendom can be summarized as biblical interpretation disputes: ecclesiology structure, soteriology, and sacraments. My doctoral focus has been upon the second of the three. 

At the heart of my studies and the division of soteriology is Habakkuk 2:4b. Since its initial writing, Habakkuk 2:4b has been a battleground for understanding the doctrine of salvation. However, there is a complex argument within Protestantism concerning this passage. The Protestant argument centers on the use of the word faith and how it is interpreted through related texts and the whole of the biblical narrative. Denominations within Protestantism have based their doctrines of salvation on varying interpretations of Habakkuk 2:4b.

To aid in healing the divide, I wrote a dissertation focused upon "covenantal evocations within Habakkuk." Throughout my research, several conclusions have been drawn: (1) believers have faith, (2) the Lord is faithful, (3) these two aspects of faith, together, lead to salvation. No one should dismiss the role of the believers having faith, nor the Lord remaining faithful. By understanding these truths, the soteriological divide can be unified.

As a minority, I am keenly aware of the racial and cultural divides within the church. However, racial and cultural divides are social and anthropological issues, not fitting for biblical scholasticism. Thus, in my academics I focus on the biblical interpretation divides and in my ministry, I work on the racial and social divides.

Due to the nature of biblical interpretation, I hope to be a broadly qualified biblical studies professor, and a well-rounded minister. Through the Lord’s provision, I have taught numerous courses in a very short period of time at Union University, Victory University, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I also worked alongside the VPA of the Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies. Through these experiences, I’ve narrowed my vocational aspiration to be a biblical studies teacher and to aid in training ministers world-wide. I hope whatever position God presents, it may serve as a platform to continue working on the unification of the church, via teaching future leaders, and personal publications.

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