Corey was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and attended Auburn University. After graduating in 1998, he moved to China where he studied Mandarin and served as a missionary with a campus organization. While ministering in Asia he began dating Olivia. They returned to the U.S. and were married in the summer of 2000.
After spending their first year of marriage in Keystone, Colorado working on the ski slopes, Corey and Olivia returned to China for three years where Corey led a city-wide ministry focused on church planting, evangelism and discipleship. During these years, Corey and Olivia helped start two new campus ministries, planted an indigenous church and served on a regional leadership team.
They returned to the U.S. in 2005 for Corey to attend graduate school at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando where he received his Masters of Divinity. While in seminary, Corey oversaw the sending of over 100 short term international missions projects to 34 nations around the world. After finishing his studies at RTS, Corey served two years at Peace Presbyterian Church as an Assistant Pastor. Then, in the spring of 2010, Corey was sent out to plant Trinity Park Church in the Morrisville/North Cary community.
Corey and Olivia have two sons, Jordan and Joshua, and two daughters, Camille and Claire. Besides spending time with Olivia and the kids, Corey enjoys world travel, eating ethnic food, running, golf, hiking and reading with a good cup of coffee.