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 this time I am serving as a "Minister Without A Call" in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. I am assisting in pulpit supply needs in the Aberdeenshire Presbytery of the Church of Scotland and assisting in a mid-week worship service.