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I was taught, by God’s sweet providence, much of the Bible as a small child. It has been written on my mind for many, many years. But just like any other good teaching that I learned as a child it took my heart many more years to catch up to my mind. The implicit rules and explicit commands in the Bible were obeyed and disobeyed by me over the years and not until fairly recently in my story has my heart begun to catch up to these actions.
Growing up with an older brother and a younger sister did not make raising me any easier. I can undoubtedly say that I was likely the greatest challenge for my parents. Not because of any aberrant behavioral issues or any deep seated flaws in my adolescence, but because of my political heart. I have always been good with people, perhaps too good. Participating in every church activity, every social event, and every sports team was an absolute necessity. I had to be everything for everyone, and I was generally talented, which only fed the politician's pride. Still in all the busyness I knew that there was something to this Jesus. He fascinated me, captivated my attention. I felt obligation: I must serve this Jesus. I also felt the truth, the seeds of godly motivation: I wanted to glorify my Lord.
I was brought up as an evangelical. I memorized scripture. I was familiar with the Bible. Though not until after high school did scripture really take root in my heart. For the first time, in the presence of contradictory ideas, I was driven to the text. My first theological battles were fought on the hill of spiritual gifts and charismatic theology. But as I read through the New Testament for what seemed like the first time, I was confronted with so much more. I am currently diving deep into that ocean at SBTS.
My beautiful wife, Jodee, keeps me joyful and (mostly) in-line. 5 years of marriage and counting and I could not ask for a greater blessing and each day with her is better than the last.
Lastly, our son, Jacob Robert Borah, was born on June 24, 2011, 8:02 pm at 9 lbs. and 21 1/2 in. He is a handsome young man and we are enjoying the blessing of being parents more and more each day.
I have served in many ministry positions over the last 10 years: worship pastor, youth pastor, small group leader, website designer & administrator, and more. I currently lead worship at Franklin Street Church at least once a month and help out with youth Sunday School. Although most of my experience over the years has been related to leading worship, my desire is to preach and teach in the church. Which has led me here.
I am currently a second year student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Going into seminary I thought the idea of seminary was a good one, but I was not convinced of the importance of higher education. Now, in the midst of seminary, I cannot fathom going into my future ministry without this refining experience. The deep wells that I dig in my years in seminary will be invaluable to my future pastoral positions.
Jodee and I are excited about the ministry opportunities God has in store for us. Whether those opportunities be in Washington D.C. or Oklahoma City we're ultimately not concerned about. If you're looking for a pastor or know of a church that is, please let me know, I'd love to talk.
Learn more about what I believe through my writing.
Upon completion of my bachelor's degree in December 2005 I began full time work at Third Degree Advertising in Oklahoma City. While at Third Degree I developed websites and various other internet marketing services for a wide range of clients. I also had the (un)fortunate experience of being thrown into a commercial we were shooting at the last minute. My acting career was brief but a lot of fun.
After a brief stint doing development for a small startup in Norman, Oklahoma, I went to work for the wonderful folks at Element Fusion. Working as a designer and developer, I was able to work with hundreds of clients: churches, law firms, non-profits, you name it. The best part about my experience at EF was that I was able to control the entire development process: from planning, to designing, to developing.
From EF I made my way to Louisville, Kentucky to go to seminary. Since I've been in Kentucky I've continued to design and develop for many different clients: EatAroundOKC, SBTS, Clifton Baptist Church, Intellicom (3in1 Systems), my church, Franklin Street, and many more.
If you'd like me to do work for you please contact me.
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