Originally born in Dallas, Texas, he left as soon as possible to attend school in southern California with dreams to become the next Martin Scorcese. God appeared to him in a vision and told him that the real future was in the United Methodist Church, so Wes agreed to become a preacher. He earned a Master of Divinity at Perkins, then promptly took his newly-acquired pastoral skills overseas to Great Britain. He served as pastor of the New Eltham and Mottingham Methodist Church in southeast London for two years, where he learned to speak Cockney English.
Upon his return to Texas, Wes served first at Valley View UMC, then was moved to Trailwood UMC in Grand Prairie. Having grown restless, Wes asked for a new challenge and was shipped to Cameroon in West Africa as a commissioned missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries. As director of the new United Methodist Mission in Cameroon, Wes oversaw over twenty churches, pastors, and social justice activities of the new mission. He also learned the fine arts of off-roading and French-speaking.
After a bout of international intrigue and near-deportation, Wes and his family returned to North Texas, where he was appointed associate pastor at First UMC, Rowlett, and led worship at the contemporary Water’s Edge service. He became involved with New Day, a growing network of missional micro-communities that are based on neo-monasticism, and helped plant a New Day in north Dallas, where he became acquainted with recently-resettled refugees. As an outgrowth of his work with New Day, he created Daraja, a non-profit organization which provides support for refugees as they work toward citizenship and self-sufficiency. Eventually, Wes left the church in Rowlett to focus his time on building Daraja. After two years, Wes handed over the day-to-day operations of Daraja to his oldest daughter, Rachel, and returned to full-time church ministry.
He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Church and Society of the North Texas Conference, and is on the Board of Directors of Refugee Services of Texas. Everywhere he goes, four fine women have followed him around. Leah, his wife, is an educator. Rachel is a recent graduate of Long Island University: Global, and is currently working at in Costa Rica. Middle child, Chloe, is studying nursing at University of Texas Arlington, while attempting to set a record for number of text messages sent in one month. And youngest daughter, Mallory, is planning her world takeover.
Wes likes to make amateur videos, read liberation theology and African history, attend concerts at the Granada and Kessler, watch the Texas Rangers and Frisco Roughriders, mentor refugee families, and cook Indian food.