Family. My wife and I have been married for over 25 years. We have two daughters.
Education. We met as students at Cedarville College (now University) in Cedarville, Ohio, where we both studied education. I later did masters work at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MDiv & ThM) and doctoral studies at Marquette University (Religious Studies: Systematic Theology).
Teacher. Teaching is one of the things I most enjoy doing. Most recently I taught Freshman Theology at Marquette University. Earlier in life, I taught high school Bible and Spanish. I have taught in the church for over 20 years. I have done pastoral training in Russia, Chile, and Honduras.
Pastor. I have served as pastor and elder in a few churches. For six years I was staff elder at Union Christian Church in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where I was responsible for preaching, teaching, and leading. I also played guitar and led worship. At Racine Bible Church I served in a variety of capacities over ten years: worship leader, choir director, Adult Bible Fellowship leader/teacher, intern, and elder. I also served as associate (two stints) at Fellowship Baptist Church in Racine, WI.
Work. Several of these vocational and education pieces come together in my current position as Director of grant-funded programs for clergy and congregations at Marquette University. Pastoral Leadership in a Cultural Context equips early-career clergy as public theologians on pressing social issues. The Examen(ed) Church pursues congregational vitality through Ignatian-informed reflection on church context, mission, and practice. These programs are funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. and Church Mutual Cares.
Reader. If I have a hobby it is reading. I read broadly in theology, history, and science. I am particularly interested in intellectual history. My fiction reading is usually mysteries. You can get an idea of what I’m reading from the blog.
Woodworker. In what little free time is left after all of the above, I enjoy working with wood in projects both small–phone stands, clipboards–and large–tables and other furniture.