Q: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE MILITARY AS YOUNG MEN?
TIM: Being a solider was my dream. It was what I desired to do with my life. My family could not afford to send me to college and, at the time, I did not want attend. It wasn't patriotism that drove me to follow my dream, it was desire to provide for my family. I was a young husband and father at the time and I wanted to provide a better quality of life for them.
COURTNEY: I grew up around the military lifestyle. My grandfather served 22 years in the Army and fought in the Korean War and did two tours in Vietnam. So it was kind of like a calling.
Q: WHEN YOU WERE DEPLOYED WHAT WAS A SITUATION WHERE YOU HAD TO CHOOSE TO BE COURAGEOUS?
TIM: It was while being deployed to Operations Iraqi Freedom. Our unit had to convoy from Camp Virginia Kuwait to Qayyarah (Q-West), Iraq. Our 70 military vehicles were outfitted with the improvised armor, which provided limited protection from Improvised Explosive Devises or small arm fire. I had to be courageous for the 148 soldiers in my unit as well as myself to complete the mission.
COURTNEY: We were in country for about a week and a half. We were in a very dangerous area and we headed out on patrol early one morning. While headed down the road my vehicle hit an 80lb IED. I was initially loaded up in the medicvac vehicle with others who were injured but I requested to stay out on the patrol because my chaplain was still on ground and it was my job to protect him. I was granted permission and finished the patrol. While on that patrol I got into a fire fight. 8 hours later as we arrived back to our location I was laying in my bunk and my chaplain asked me if I wanted to get something to eat. I thought about and went with him to eat. About 1 minute later we started receiving indirect fire and a mortar round hit right above my bunk. All of this happened in one day and I knew I had 9 more months of this left, but I had to trust God would bring me home safely.
Q: WHEN DID YOU FEEL GOD CALLING YOU INTO LEAVING THE MILITARY FOR MINISTRY? WHY WAS HE LEADING YOU IN THAT DIRECTION?
TIM: I felt like I was hearing God calling me from the military to ministry when my passion for the military shifted to ministry. I believe that He lead me to ministry because the closer I got to Him the more passionate I got about serving him.
COURTNEY: I knew this was the case when I got back from my last deployment. I knew I was called to be in ministry and my season in the military was coming to a close.
Q: WHAT WERE YOU NERVOUS/SCARED ABOUT WHILE MAKING THAT DECISION?
TIM: My wife Lisa and I was very nervous because we had not prepared to retire from the military. We did not have any next steps lined up for retiring.
How has God taken care of you financially throughout this journey?
We took a substantial pay cut after retiring from military, which we were aware of. We also had over $300K in debt. But we relied and trusted God with our finances and He cares for all our needs. He’s help us reduce our debt to below $50K. We really have not lack anything.
COURTNEY: Honestly how would I provide for my family. You leave a place of "security" and benefits to a life of faith and trust.
Q: WHAT MIRACLES IN YOUR LIFE HAVE YOU SEEN BY MAKING THAT DECISION?
TIM: I have seen the miracle of God restoring my broken family. Although I was a successful Soldier, I wasn’t a successful husband and father. As I put my faith in God, He restored my family, which was the biggest miracle. He also surrounded me with an incredible group of friends to my destiny who always encourage me in the Lord.
COURTNEY: My wife was diagnosed with a condition years ago that effected the joints in her body. We would have to travel to see a specialist pretty regularly and we knew getting out it would be very expensive. God has honored us by healing her body through medicine.