We both attended college at USC Upstate in South Carolina and this is where it all began! We met because we were both students leaders with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), started dating, and eventually got married in May 2005 just two weeks after graduation. We moved to the coast of SC where Ed began working as a deputy sheriff and April as an accountant, which we did for two years. It was during this time that God called us into full-time ministry with college students. We came on staff with Cru in July 2007, served 4 years ministering at schools in Central and Eastern Kentucky, served 4.5 years ministering at schools in Eastern NC, and served 3.5 years in Queens, NYC. In 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, we moved back to Anderson, SC, where Ed joined the staff of Grace Church Anderson and April continued ministering with Cru at Clemson University and Anderson University. After 2 years with Grace working with middle and high school students and with adult community group leaders, Ed felt the Lord once again leading him back to college ministry, recognizing anew what a significant time college is for young adults. Seeing the need to have someone on the campus meeting them where they are, helping them grow in their faith, and getting them plugged into the church, Ed felt the Lord leading him to be more of a Paul (go out as a missionary and get people into the church) versus a Peter (building up the church and leading the church). He left staff with Grace in June 2022 and joined back full-time with Cru, serving in ministry with April once again at Clemson and Anderson.
Some other interests we have are:
• Ed: Sports, anything outdoors, and all things Ohio State
• April: Spending quality time with family and friends, reading, puzzles, and finding good discount/clearance deals
We added 4 kids along the way – Kinsley (2010), Emerson (2012), Blake (2015) and Brynn (2017). They are very busy but add so much fun and joy to our lives!