I love being a dad.  I’m honored to be a pastor.  I enjoy teaching as a professor.  And someday I think it would be cool to be a writer, a painter, and a missionary.

But before and above any of these, I’m exceedingly happy to say I’m a disciple of Jesus.

In fact, the most important thing I can tell you about myself is that at 18, I was confronted with the fact that my belief in Jesus was not translating into anything resembling conviction, devotion, or obedience…

empty tomb My decision that night in 1989 to completely, intentionally (and however imperfectly) follow Jesus has profoundly affected every day of my life since.

This is the essential stuff about me.

The rest is details, which you may or may not find interesting…

I have the privilege of being the senior minister of Outlook Christian Church.  It is a true blessing to serve and share God’s Word with these amazing people.

I also serve on the faculty of Lincoln Christian University and Seminary as a professor-at-large.

I’ve been to Israel.  It. Was. Incredible.  (The photo above is me standing at the garden tomb.)

For two and a half years I worked in management at a Fortune 300 insurance and investment company.  I managed a team of 12-20 specialists and learned a ton about myself, about people and organizational leadership, and about working a corporate job.

For about a year before the dot-com bubble burst I was a writer and editor for a VC-funded, high-hopes internet start-up called Christianity.com.

My formal education includes earning a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership from Grace Theological Seminary, a Master Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University, and a Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University.

In high school, I was an extra in the movie Hoosiers.  (Y’know that scene in which Gene Hackman’s character gets himself thrown out of the game on purpose so he can hand the playbook to Dennis Hopper’s character?  I was there.)

If I could, I do believe I would end every meal with a chocolate chip cookie.  But that’s not good for me, so I don’t… But if I could, I would.