The stories of my wife, Elita, and I both begin in the city of Detroit. Born in 1981, my experience was the all too common reality of countless people growing up here. Raised by a hard working single mother, in America’s most violent and crime-riddled major city, I always knew Detroit was distinct from other places. I was constantly in trouble at school, and unfortunately started running the streets early. In contrast, Elita was a “good girl” with excellent grades and even attended a small Christian school in the city. She came from a successful, close-knit family. Although we both were raised in the same Detroit neighborhood, surrounded by extended relatives, when Elita was to begin high school her parents moved their family to Southfield, a suburb just outside of Detroit. By God’s sovereign and amazing grace, The Lord drew us both to Himself, and then to one another.
We married two years after meeting, and began building our life and ministry together in the city of Detroit. By God’s Grace, we have served in our city by evangelizing, making disciples, serving in prison ministry, mentoring at-risk youth, and serving those in financial need since 2002. In His divine kindness, The Lord blessed us with five amazing children: Elisabeth (14), Philip (12), Sarah (10), Tabitha (7), and Abigail (3).