I was born in Los Angeles, CA but I grew up in Clearwater, FL. I met my wife Jessica while I was completing my Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Jessica also has a passion and gifting for ministry. She has led marriage retreats, women's classes, served on global missions teams, and served on steering projects. Jessica has also served as a full-time missionary overseas for a year in Sarajevo, Bosnia reaching out to college students after the war. We have two wonderful children: a daughter, Cali who is 9 years old; and a son, Liam who is 7 years old. Together we have served in ministry in several metropolitan areas across North America, including Tampa, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Sacramento.
Most recently I served as an Associate Pastor in the greater Sacramento area at a 1,200 person EPC congregation where I directed adult education, oversaw global and local missions, oversaw the student ministry staff, oversaw the young marrieds ministry, and served as the host pastor of two contemporary worship services each Sunday. In July, 2017 I completed a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan in the area of spiritual formation. My Advisor for that degree was Rev. Dr. Chuck DeGroat.
In August, 2017 I began a PhD in Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen. My Advisor at the University of Aberdeen is Dr. John Swinton. Swinton is one of the most widely followed practical theologians in the church today, and is also one of the most influential disability theologians. The project I am working on under Swinton focuses on developing a theology of food-related disabilities in light of the Christian tradition. I am researching food and the body in the Corinthian epistles; food, the care of the sick, and hospitality in the monastic tradition; and food and communion in a few select early reformation Eucharistic theologies. During my year of residence studies in Aberdeen, Scotland I served as a "Minister Without A Call" in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. I assisted pulpit supply needs in the Aberdeenshire Presbytery of the Church of Scotland and co-lead a mid-week worship service with individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Coming this Fall our family will be relocated back to America to the west valley area of Phoenix, AZ where I will begin serving as the Senior Pastor of an ECO church called Christ Presbyterian Church. The church is in an quickly growing area of the west valley, it has 400-500 in worship each Sunday, and in its next season will be growing into a more intergenerational, multiethnic church family that represents its neighborhood. I join two other pastors on staff, who along with supporting staff members, seek to serve the Christ Presbyterian Church family and be a blessing to the wider community. I will be completing the remainder of my PhD at the University of Aberdeen as a part-time distance learning student. In addition to my thesis research I have a few journal articles in progress, a special issue of a journal I will be editing, and a conference at the University of Aberdeen I am co-organizing. So, needless to say much to do through the strength and wisdom the Lord offers me to work from.