I am a Christian by faith, a husband in love, a dad in training, a Presbyterian Minister through vocation, and a theologian with conviction. I do my best to practice the resurrection I hope for in the places I am called to as I embrace the beautiful mess that is the life I live. These are just my thoughts as I stumble along the way...
I graduated from Eastern University in 2006 with a BA in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry. These were four of the most formative years of my life. I am extremely grateful for this institution and believe that if it were not for the faculty and students that I met there, I would not be who I am today. The accessibility of the professors, many who became mentors, the innovation of the student body, and the strength and diversity of the curriculum and program goals are without a doubt among the elite within the realm of Christian academic institutions. Even more, Eastern is where I met my amazing wife as we lived in community with fellow students and locals in Sabana Cruz, Dominican Republic through a partnership with Food for the Hungry during spring breaks.
I earned my Masters of Divinity from Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA. This was an incredible adventure and I met some amazing people as we wrestled through life and faith. I will always value our exploration of Scripture as a missional narrative that invites all of us to participate in what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do in and through Jesus the Messiah and for the whole world.
I frequently refer to myself as a "church mutt." I grew up Lutheran (ELCA), dabbled in the United Methodist Church (youth group and an internship), brief stints with community churches, a three-year wrestling with a Baptist Church, and was ordained a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in February, 2015. I wrote the following as a part of my ordination reviews:
I believe in the strength and beauty of God’s church, the body of Christ which exists in and for the hope the world. I believe the church works best when it embraces diversity, unites in worship, and commits to works of love, justice, peace, and proclamation of the Good News of Christ, as witnessed to in Holy Scripture. It is in and through the church community that I find myself best able to live into the theological components of my faith, fully aware that I am unable to accomplish anything on my own.
On a more personal note, I grew up in Baltimore, MD and continue to follow (sometimes hopelessly) my hometown teams, especially the Baltimore Orioles. Baseball has always been a passion of mine, playing through first-year of college. I still hold to a belief that I will not die before a World Series is celebrated on Eutaw Street :)
Finally, the loves of my life are Amber and our twins, Noah and Lily, and their younger brother, Paxton, to whom I dedicate these entries (even though she may roll her eyes when she reads this). Amber has supported me and encouraged me over the years, even through my abstract musings and freakishly nerdish devotion to books, theology, and (her favorite) cultural and biblical hermeneutics. However, she has reminded me over and again that life is about real issues, real people, in a real world. Even more, our shared journey has been the greatest blessing I have ever received. Yet, I can say with all honesty that the birth of our children will probably never be topped. Their young lives are constant reminders of God's concern and grace in the midst of an unfinished world. Noah, Lily, and Paxton are also the best theologians I know, constantly dazzled and amazed by even life's smallest of wonders. They are the most beautiful works of creation these green eyes have ever seen.