I grew up in West Michigan in a zealous evangelical world. As I mature, I am learning new ways to celebrate the strengths of this history while leaving behind the less desirable aspects of that sub-culture. After I graduated from high school, I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Bible with a minor in Philosophy (hence the Martin Heidegger reference in the blog title) at Cornerstone University.
Currently, I’m a Master of Divinity student at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My primary research interests are in Biblical Studies, Pauline Theology, biblical geography and historical backgrounds, Liturgical Theology, and Spiritual Formation. I serve on staff at GRTS as the Senior Admissions Counselor (views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the institution) My work as a student and staff member at GRTS has been an enormous gift. I have had healthy exposure to the world of the academy and the rich picture of dedicating one’s life to the faithful study of the Bible, theology, and Church history.
The land of the Bible and the political dimensions of theology are significant areas of interest for me. I lived in Israel on two separate occasions and completed graduate studies in Jerusalem at Jerusalem University College. My time studying the historical backgrounds of the Bible and spending several years in development work in Palestine have taught me many important lessons! Chiefly–that human beings are storied people and we are shaped by our physical, historical, and theological geography. This truth has shaped the way I think about the Bible, spiritual formation, discipleship, and the Christian journey.
I am compelled by the beauty and paradoxical nature of the Christian faith. If you want to go up; you must to go down. If you want to find your life; you must lose it. And most of all, we Christians worship a crucified Lord–the Lamb of God who rules the world. This cruciform logic is something I am constantly seeking to implement in my life.
I’ve been married to my wife, Emily, since 2010. And we just celebrated the birth of our first son, Levi in 2016. When I’m not reading, writing, or recruiting for GRTS, I am brewing beer or drinking it with friends. I’m a die hard Detroit sports fan. And a huge lover of the Mitten State. I’d love to hear from you! Let’s grab a pint.