TJ was born and raised in Illinois. He met his wife Amy while attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and they were married in 2000. He is the father of 3 daughters: Jaylyn, Adley, and Leighton. Prior to becoming an elder at Redeemer church, he served as a deacon and small group bible study leader for many years. He currently works as a department manager at a non-attorney representation company in Belleville, Illinois. TJ is working to help us love our neighbors, serve those who are with us, and make disciples as Christ commanded in scripture.