Pastor Cody did not grow up in the Church and first came to faith in Christ as a teenager. Those early years of faith were spent in Pentecostal/Charismatic churches. After sensing a call to ministry and desiring training for the task, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Regent University in 2017 and his Master of Divinity degree from Regent University School of Divinity. While this school is in the Pentecostal/Charismatic tradition, he became convinced that Reformed theology was true during his studies and recognized various errors in his theological upbringing. After spending some time in the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), he soon longed to join a confessionally Reformed branch of the visible church. After meeting some pastors in the Presbyterian Church in America, Cody ended up in the PCA himself. While acknowledging that this path to confessional Presbyterianism is atypical, he is thankful for the Lord’s faithfulness and providential guidance.
He and his wife Michaela were born and raised in Northwest Illinois (the cornfields, not Chicago!), and they moved to Western Pennsylvania after Cody accepted a call to pastor Berean Presbyterian Church. Cody was ordained to the ministry and installed as pastor on April 16, 2023. Shortly after moving, Michaela gave birth to their first child, Haven. They love living in Western Pennsylvania among the beautiful rolling hills and among the saints at Berean.
Cody enjoys spending time with his family and watching sports while he roots for the Cubs, Bears, and the Blackhawks. He is an avid reader and enjoys both fiction and non-fiction books (with a special interest in theology and church history). As reading and book collecting are his favorite hobbies, he believes that one can never have too many books. A quote from his college professor has stuck with him which says to the effect, “If you ever come upon hard times financially, sell your mattress and keep your books. You can sleep on your books, but you cannot read your mattress.”