I’m the Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Temple, TX. As Lead Minister, I oversee the teaching and preaching ministries, lead the ministerial staff and coordinate the vision and mission of the church.
Previously, I served as President of the Board of Directors for The Peninsula Clergy Network, an interactive network of all clergy in San Mateo and Northern Santa Clara Counties designed to build knowledge, understanding and working relationships between religious and civic leaders. I choose Abilene Christian University for both my undergraduate (B.A. Youth & Family Ministry) and graduate (M.Div) education. Prior to living in Temple, I served as Senior Minister at Redwood Church in Redwood City, CA, Associate Minister at Bering Drive church of Christ, Houston, TX, and Youth and Family Minister at Harvey Drive church of Christ, McAllen, TX.
I’m honored to frequently speak and teach for various audiences. I’m also a contributed to the writing of The Voice Bible Project, a Bible translation project through the Ecclesia Bible Society and author of “Scandalous: Lessons in Redemption From Unlikely Women.”
As an advocate for the community and the church, I have been a past member of the Board of Directors of Spaulding for Children, a not-for-profit adoption agency in Houston, TX, where I served as Chair for Faith-Based Outreach, leader of Emergent Village’s EmergentHouston Cohort and a member of the Abilene Christian University Alumni Advisory Board. I’m married to the wonderful and beautiful Rochelle Stripling Palmer, a social worker and we have two great kids, Malia, 9 and Katharine, 6.