Grew up: I grew up in the wonderful state of Texas and have been married to Amanda since 1998 after meeting one another while attending Texas Tech University. We have 5 boys: Samuel, Elijah, Isaiah, Zachary, and Josiah. We were both born in Texas and our parents and grandparents have lived in Texas for many years.
Up until December of 2013, our family lived in Huffman (just outside of Houston) and attended church at Humble Area's First Baptist Church (HAFBC) where I was a deacon and teacher while Amanda was a LIFE Group leader. I was associate principal of Summer Creek High School in Humble ISD and Amanda continued her role as homemaker, frequently organizing and participating in get-togethers for women in the area.
Fun: The family enjoys playing games together (football, baseball, basketball...anything with a ball), hiking and camping… and, of course, with all of the boys… wrestling!
Music: I really like blues music. My favorite artist is Josh Garrell.
Favorite Places to Visit: We have a great heart for missions and love to visit other countries. Nepal and India standout greatly on that list and we hope to continue to visit as much as the Lord allows.
Secret Indulgence: Being from the great state of Texas, I am a very proud Texas Tech Red Raiders fan. Occasionally, I get the chance to watch a game and when they score (which they do often) I play the fight song from my phone to a Bluetooth speaker and dance around in victory hoisting my "Raider Finger" in the air as the fight song plays… over and over!
Secret Talent: I am a pretty good worker of wood, but my truly amazing secret talent is that I attract dogs, even though I do not like them so much!
Ministry Experience: The Lord called the Edwards family to Washington in July of 2013 when they visited the Seattle area on a mission trip with HAFBC. As it turns out, Jesus had wanted them there for a while and had been preparing their family for the journey for many years. In October, Paul was offered a job in the Everett school district in the city of Everett. The Edwards had prayed that the Lord would provide a job and would select it for them in any city that He wanted, so when Paul got the offer of a job they knew Jesus was in it and immediately put their house up for sale and began packing. The family left in December just before Christmas and headed to the Northwest in their car.
Since moving to Everett the Edwards became involved with a small church plant in Everett that worked with an apartment complex containing many people who do not know Jesus. Paul has become a regular preacher and teacher in this church and Amanda has organized the women's ministry.
While the work in this church has really taken off, Paul and Amanda feel that the Lord is calling them to plant a church in their neighborhood in north Everett, which is a location in the middle of the city. There are many homeless in the area and many families who are hurting. Most of their neighbors do not have a relationship with Jesus, so the Edwards worked to do events like block parties in their neighborhood that will bring neighbors out and hopefully get them involved in small group Bible study together. The church plant eventually had to close, yet the Lord was using even that time to prepare the Edwards for their next steps in ministry.
Persons of influence: C.S. Lewis, Abraham Lincoln, Trey Kramer (former boss), Ron Edwards (my dad), and Paul the Apostle