I grew up on the border between Wyoming and Nebraska. My Dad was a farmer/rancher, and my mom was a nurse (and later a hospital executive). After high school, I attended Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. While I was there, I met a tall blonde Texan named Shannon. We were married in 1992 and have been involved in some kind of service/ministry ever since.
As I was about to graduate from college, I began working as a Youth Minister in Carterville, MO. I was privileged to stay there for almost two years and realized that I really loved high school students. Near that end of our time in Carterville, I was asked to work as an associate youth minister with Scott Greer in Amarillo, TX. My wife, Shannon, grew up there and was deeply connected with the Greer family. So in 1994, we moved to the Panhandle of Texas! It was a wonderful six years, and our son Garrett was born there. Near the end of that season, Shannon and I had a profound experience where we believed God called us to work in Mexico City as missionaries. So, in January of 2000, we moved to Wheaton, IL, to do some graduate work in Intercultural Studies as preparation for our work in Mexico. Our daughter Kate was born during our time at Wheaton, and a new love for learning was born there as well.
We left for Mexico with our amazing teammates in January of 2002, and we lived in Mexico City for five years. Our time there was both enjoyable and challenging, but we genuinely loved our life and our friends that we made there. As we were nearing the end of our missionary term, Shannon and I both felt like God was calling us again. But it was a surprising new direction—Lincoln Christian University asked me to come to be a professor of Intercultural Studies. As I was pushing 40, I started an entirely new career as a professor. While teaching, I finished a doctorate in Intercultural Studies and have been part of teaching some excellent students. I was able to teach with great friends and colleagues and have been blessed. I taught a wide variety of subjects, but I primarily taught Intercultural Studies, Christian Leadership, and Non-Profits. I have desired to multiply the workforce of people who will do good for a hurting world in Jesus’ name. I still hope that’s coming along.
Besides teaching during that time, I also set up a consulting/speaking business that worked with youth ministers, leaders, mission organizations, and non-profit groups. Now I am working with a few select individuals and groups for my consulting and coaching work. If you are interested in working with me, please contact me at email@example.com for more information on rates and scheduling.
In the spring of 2014, our family sensed a new call: to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area! I am now serving as the Executive Pastor of Ministry Development and
Leadership coach at Compass Christian Church — a multi-site church in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We arrived in DFW the first week of July (14) and have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the staff and the community. Things here are so much fun, and I am so excited to be a part of a fantastic team—I feel like I have the best job in the whole church!
As an academic and a practitioner, I believe our best bet to grow wise is to start with things as they are—not as we wish them to be. I believe the Bible to be true and inspired. I also think that clear, rational thought is from God himself, so I think reason and science fit clearly within God’s revealed truth in the world. If we start with a functional ontology, we are more able to perceive and understand how God made us and how he made the world–in particular the person and work of the Holy Spirit. More on that in the blogs…Because of this, my favorite metaphors in the Bible are those involving the nature of life, and the behaviors that are involved in how life (spiritual or otherwise) is sustained.
If you wish to see a resume or a CV, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org