I was born in Los Angeles, CA, but I grew up in Clearwater, FL. I graduated with my Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA with an emphasis in urban missions and church planting. I am married to Jessica Stiff. We have two wonderful children: Cali (7 years old); and Liam (5 years old). I served in ministry in the greater metropolitan areas of Tampa, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Sacramento. I am currently an Associate Pastor in the greater Sacramento area at a 1,200 person EPC congregation where I direct adult education, oversee global and local missions, oversee all our student ministry staff, oversee our young marrieds ministry, and serve as the host pastor of our contemporary worship services. 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 The title of my D.Min. Thesis was "Worship As Public Truth: Toward a Liturgical-Missional Ecclesiology for Evangelical Congregational Leaders."
Starting this Fall I will be undertaking a PhD at the University of Aberdeen at Kings College in the area of disability theology. My PhD project is focused on food-related disabilities in the church, specially looking at how eucharistic practices can help encourage the inclusion, normalization, and celebration of those with food-related disabilities. My Advisor at the University of Aberdeen in Dr. John Swinton. My degree will have an intersectional design to it because I will be using both practical theology and historical theology in my research. Disability theology for the practical theology, and studies in early Reformation eucharistic theologies for the historical theology side of it. During this time I will be a "Minister Without A Call" in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. I will be assisting in pulpit supply needs in the Aberdeenshire Presbytery of the Church of Scotland and other Presbyterian denominations in Aberdeen that need assistance.