Thanks for stopping by my personal blog, At The Garage. This blog is focused on providing value to those who work in youth ministry, ministry in general, or just enjoy reading musings on God, life, books, ministry, and leadership. My goal is to write insightful, relevant content that will be helpful to you.
More than anything, I want you to know the theme of At The Garage is a work in progress. I truly believe that I am simply a work in progress — as a pastor, leader, writer, speaker, father, husband, and man of God. I don’t have it all figured out, but with the help of those I have learned from, work with, or lessons I have experienced personally, sometimes the hard way, I will try to pass along what has been valuable to my own life and ministry through blog posts about 3 times a week.
Personal and Professional:
First and foremost, I am a husband and a father. Emily, my wife, (follow her on instagram or twitter @emilyjalex) is a devoted mother, my best friend, and a Spirit-filled worship leader at Eagle Brook. Our son Maddox is the raddest little dude on the planet.
I am the Director of Student Ministries (grades 6-12) at Eagle Brook Church. In my job, I oversee the vision, direction, and ministry of student ministries at all six campuses at EBC, as well as function as a teaching pastor in both Ground Zero (grades 6-8) and Revolution (grades 9-12). I get the amazing opportunity to work with an unbelievable team of student ministries pastors, some of the best in the country. Over the last 4 years, we’ve experienced a tremendous outpouring of growth from God, and we’ve learned a lot along the way.
After a short collegiate and professional career in baseball, both as a player and a coach, I pursued the call to a life of ministry (although looking back over my life I’ve always been pursuing this call to ministry leadership as far back as middle school). I have worked at Hope Lutheran Church in Westminster, CA, Community Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, NV, and now Eagle Brook Church. I will be graduating with a Master’s of Theology in New Testament from Luther Seminary in May 2014.
There are 3 ways you can best engage with me through At The Garage:
1. Subscribe to either the RSS feed through any blog reader or by signing up to receive the blog posts through email.
2. Engage through conversations. We can chat through the comments section of blogs, through email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by sharing posts with others (simply click on the share links on the bottom of each post). You can follow me on twitter (@johnalex5), facebook.com/johnalex5, or instagram (johnalex5).
3. Contact me for speaking opportunities, youth ministry coaching, or guest writing, both for At The Garage or for your own blog. I am more than happy to entertain the option of any of these.
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Here’s a few of my top blog posts:
No matter how well we get to know each other through this blog, through coffee hangs, through social media or future opportunities of speaking, coaching, or writing, I want you to know that more than anything, I love Jesus Christ and want to do all I can to follow him, become more like him, and point others to develop a relationship with him as well. But remember, I’m just a work in progress.
In no way do these blog posts reflect the views of Eagle Brook Church.