J.P. grew up in Nashville. After high school at Ezell Harding Christian School, he studied at Abilene Christian University (BA in Youth and Family Ministry) and interned two summers at the Southwest Church of Christ in Amarillo. After 4 years in Texas, J.P. spent 6.5 years as the youth minister at the Manchester Church of Christ in Connecticut. While in New England, he studied at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv).
Upon moving back to Tennessee, he served 4 years as the youth minister at the Smyrna Church of Christ. Currently, he preaches at the Acklen Avenue Church of Christ, where he has ministered since 2011. In 2014, he graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary (DMin). He's taught in the College of Bible since 2008. He and his wife Beth have 3 daughters.
B.A. at ACU
M.Div at Gordon Conwell
D.Min at Fuller