My family was a part of the military and I was born in Adana, Turkey on a US airforce base. Shortly after we moved back to Colorado Springs, Co where most of my immediate family has and continues to live and then down to Abilene, Tx where my Dad finished his degree at Hardin-Simmons after getting out of the Airforce full time. My first memories as a kid where in Abilene Tx. I remember the sites and sounds of the late 70’s versions of Rose Park, the Corndog castle, and Hardin-Simmons football and cowboy band. Throughout my childhood, my family moved about every 2-4 years around the country. My Dad lead worship in churches and served as a reserve Chaplin in the Air National Guard. My families deep love for God and for worship got deep in my soul as a young kid. My family was far from perfect but I’m so thankful for my immediate family who spoke who I was in Christ throughout my high school years when I wrestled jumping in to yet another new community.
After graduating Highschool I felt a strong push from God to plant my life in Abilene and start by getting my degree at HSU. While at HSU I met my incredible wife Crystal who transferred in from Houston, Tx. Crystal is full of compassion for people and loves showing the heart of God to “the one person who needs it.” We’ve been married 21 years and now have three children; Creed -11, Allegra Anne-6, and Chapel -4. Creed loves God and music, and specifically drums, Allegra Anne -is full of joy, and loves to sing and dance, Chapel is full of passion, and loves sports and jumping off things.
During College I helped lead, Grace Bible Study, an interdenominational bible study aimed at bringing the body of Christ together in unity to give glory and honor to Jesus and help encourage and support the local church in Abilene in the things of worship. I traveled for a couple of years leading worship at various conferences, camps, retreats, and helping other churches transition their styles of worship while seeking to bridge the gap between the young and the old. I became part of the staff of Beltway Park Church in Abilene in 1998 where I served as an Elder, Pastor of Worship, and got to work with Audio Visuals, I.T., and prayer ministries.
Three years ago in 2017 our family felt stirred by God to moved to the panhandle of Florida. Although we didn’t know every detail we believed our family was being asked to step out in faith to join in with other believers in a community where my wife Crystal’s family lived. This step of faith allowed us to be a part of the starts of an incredible church reaching the pensacola area called Echo Life, start a new business, and learn a lot about ourselves. Our assignment to Florida was short but it paved the way for us to join in with Keith and Magen Roberson at New River Fellowship in Franklin, TN where we were blessed to come along side for almost two years to help establish some new beginnings. Through a variety of God orchestrated events this journey of Fatih ultimately led us back home to Abilene. We will forever cherish the people we have known over these past few years and the encounters we’ve had with God along the way, the perspective that was gained, and the fresh passion to lift God’s name high in the Big Country.
I’ve been honored and blessed by a community of believers in Abilene for about two decades who desperately want to see the glory of God displayed through their various gifts as they walk in community and see the people they live and work with become more fully developing followers of Jesus Christ. This body of believers has walked with my family through the highs and lows of life, marriage, parenting. We will be forever thankful for the freedom and identity we found and continue to find in Christ through the amazing community at Beltway Park. My heart is to see the corporate body of believers understand more and more fully the deep love and God has for us. More Info