About me

The tl;dr version is in the sidebar, of course. But if you want to know a little more, then here you go!

I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. My two loves were church music and meteorology, and I stressed a great deal of which one I would dedicate my life to. I was quite proud that I found a way to do both at once: meteorology for a day job and church choir director on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. As it turns out, I didn't so much find a way to do both as to find a way not to have to choose.

Several times throughout college, I looked at seminary websites thinking about how fun it would be to go (the first red flag!) I also spent a lot of time in bookstores browsing the booming religion section, often taking home books by great theologians (the second red flag!) These patterns continued even after I had a very strong start to a career in broadcast meteorology: I did the morning show and then weekends at KAKE-TV in Wichita, Kansas, a place that remains special to me, along with lots of severe weather coverage.

I'll skip the full call story, but step one was deciding to go to seminary. Step two was realizing that God was still pushing-- I had never considered being a pastor until then but have since realized it is my true call.

That said, I loved seminary. My first class was on evangelism. Since my bachelor's degree involved more science than liberal arts, that evangelism class was really my first peek at academics of that type, and I was hooked. I eventually got a Doctor of Ministry degree on top of it. I realize now that that type of thinking is the lens through which I view the world and, I hope, the means through which I can give back.

As you'll see in my first post, my hope is to contribute to the thriving of God's Church (with a capital "C") by taking my research and saying it plainly. (The people who would most benefit from what I've discovered are smart but not into reading the same kinds of dense books that I love so much.)

I should also mention that I'm an ordained Elder in the Great Plains Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and see this project as part of that call. The first years of my ministry were spent in central Kansas. Now I am blessed to be Lead Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. My wife, Amy, is also a Pastor, and we have two boys who are utterly awesome. :)

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