Hometown: Berwick, PA
Education: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Liberty University. Master’s in Discipleship and Church Ministry from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
God called me to the ministry in my junior year of college. I have a deep passion for Children’s Ministry and desire to encourage and equip parents as they lead their kids into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Before coming to Mount Pleasant, I served as the Children’s Pastor at GO Church in Orlando, FL. I was also the Spiritual Life Director at Camp Hydaway—a ministry of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA.
Being a big sports fan, I take advantage of every chance I get to play sports and watch my favorite teams. On top of sports, I enjoy visiting historical landmarks, driving out to the country/mountains, using my smoker to cook for friends and family, and hanging out with my family and the kids of Mount Pleasant.
I love the city of Colonial Heights and strive to create a close relationship with the local elementary schools. I volunteer as a tutor and help out with special events throughout the school year. With parental permission, I also have lunch with 2-3 kids each week at their school.
I am happily married to Heather Anthony Oppel and we have one child, Ettamae.
My Life Verse:
“Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.” 1 Peter 5:2