A native of Southwest Mississippi, Cory moved to Cleveland in 2012 to help plant City Church and continues to serve there as a pastor. Before moving to Cleveland, Cory attended the University of Southern Mississippi and then served 2 ½ years as a researcher and church planter with the International Mission Board in West Africa. Following his time overseas, he earned his MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary before moving to Cleveland. As the Send City Missionary for Cleveland, Cory is excited to work with church planters and partnering churches to see the work of the gospel go forth in Cleveland. He and his wife Jasmine have four children.