Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D. Student | Concordia Seminary – Saint Louis, MO. | 2018-Present

MA | Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI. | Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures – Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing | 2017

M.Div. | Concordia Seminary – Saint Louis, MO. | 2012

BA | Concordia University – Ann Arbor, MI. | English + Pre-Seminary Program | 2008

Experience

St. Luke Lutheran Church | Meridian Township and Lansing, MI. | Associate Pastor + Director of Ministry | 2012-Present

Relief Journal: A Christian Literary Expression | Managing Editor | 2013-2015

Books

Clearly Christian: Following Jesus in this Age of Confusion

Concordia Publishing House (2018)

Authentic Christianity: How Lutheran Theology Speaks to a Post-Modern World

Co-Authored with Dr. Gene Veith | Concordia Publishing House (2017)

Being Lutheran: Living in the Faith You Have Received

Concordia Publishing House (2016)

Why Should I Trust the Bible?

Concordia Publishing House (2016)

Book Chapters

Lutheranism 101 -3rd Edition | Conclusion Chapter

Concordia Publishing House (Forthcoming 2021)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Concordia Journal | Winter 2019 | Inclined to Boast: Social Media and Self-Justification

Featured on The Gospel Coalition (Social Media and the Snare of Self-Justification, February 2019)

Concordia Journal | Fall 2014 | Christ Coming to Us: Luther’s Rhetoric of Location

Grant Writing and Other Projects

Capital Region Community Foundation

Awarded $80,000 Grant for St. Luke Lutheran Church Community Kitchen (2017)

The New Jersey District – LCMS

Writer for Digital Catechism Grant Project in conjunction with Dr. Tony Cook & Dr. Charles Arand

The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Contributor to the “Every One His Witness” evangelism module on Scientism (2018)

LCMS National Youth Gathering

Content Strategy Consultant + Post-Gathering Bible Study Author (2018-2019)

Articles (Selected)

The Gospel Coalition (February 2020) | Tough Questions Don’t Deserve Trivial Answers

The University of Chicago Divinity School | Sightings (January 2020) | Kanye, Flame, and Augustine: Hip-Hop and the Conversion Narrative (Syndicated in Religion News Service)

The Conversation (January 2020) | Silicon Valley’s latest fade is dopamine fasting – and that may not be as crazy as it sounds (Syndicated in The Washington Post)

The University of Chicago Divinity School | Sightings (December 2019) | Dopamine Fasting: Silicon Valley’s Not-So-New Trend

Valparaiso University – The Cresset (Michaelmas 2019) | Liminal Links: Church in a Digital Age

The Gospel Coalition (October 2019) | The Reformation’s African Roots

The University of Chicago Divinity School | Sightings (July 2019) | Theologizing Virtual Reality

The Gospel Coalition (July 2019) | Three Ways Young Pastors Can Survive Ageism

The Gospel Coalition (June 2019) | Is Our Visual Age Making You Blind?

Duke Divinity School – Faith & Leadership (April 2019) | One-on-One Pastoral Accountability Groups

The Gospel Coalition (April 2019) \ What Luther Would Say to Silicon Valley

The Gospel Coalition (April 2019) \ The Brave New World of Bible Reading

The University of Chicago Divinity School | Sightings (February 2019) | Mr. Zuckerberg, Meet Mr. Luther

The Conversation (January 2019) | Three Ways to be Smart on Social Media | Syndicated via the Associated Press: San Francisco Chronicle

The Conversation (November 2018) | Why Twitter’s Heart-shaped ‘Like’ Button is Not so Harmless | Syndicated via the Associated Press: San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Mail (UK), and Salon.com

The University of Chicago Divinity School | Sightings (November 2018) | Twitter’s “Like” Problem

The University of Chicago Divinity School | Sightings (July 2018) | How Facebook is Transforming Religion

Duke Divinity School – Faith & Leadership (June 2018) | How a Small Congregation Changed a Larger One

The University of Chicago Divinity School | Sightings (April 2018) | Social Media and Sin

Duke Divinity School – Faith & Leadership (September 2017) | Here’s What I have Learned from my Mentors

Duke Divinity School – Faith & Leadership (March 2017) | How Do You Keep Great Leaders

Duke Divinity School – Faith & Leadership (September 2016) | Don’t Wait Until You Need a Leader to Find One

Duke Divinity School – Faith & Leadership (September 2015) | Why Should We Care If Faith and Science Conflict?

Lutheran Quarterly (Winter 2014) | Review of Inviting Community

Valparaiso University – The Cresset (Advent 2014) | Mercy for the Least of These

Duke Divinity – Faith & Leadership (December 2014) | Running Out the Clock

Valparaiso University – The Cresset (Michaelmas 2013) | Saint Timothy: Patron Saint of Peach-Fuzzed Pastors

Valparaiso University – The Cresset (Advent 2011) | Seuss, Serapion, and Scripture

Relief Journal: A Christian Literary Expression (Vol. 3, Issue 1) | Modern Love: The Findings of a Sorority Chaplain

Teaching Experience

Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, Indiana | Teaching Apologetics in the Congregation (Winter 2017)

Camp Arcadia – Arcadia, Michigan | Faith and Science: Moving Beyond Debate (September 2017)

Interviews (Selected)

Organic Outreach Podcast | Episode #30 (January 2020)

Issues Etc. | The Internet as a Religious Experience (July 2019)

Issues Etc. | Reformation Insights into Social Media (February 2019)

Word & Work: An Intersection with Dr. Dale Meyer | Interview on Clearly Christian: Following Jesus in this Age of Confusion (November 2018)

Issues Etc. | Christians in an Age of Confusion (November 2018)

Issues Etc. | Social Media and Religion (August 2018)

Coffee Hour with Andy Bates – KFUO | How Digital Media Influences Society (September 2018)

Faith & Family – KFUO | Going Green: Biblical Truth or Brief Trend? (March 2017)

The Student Union with Marcus Zill – KFUO | Three-part series on Being Lutheran (June-July 2016)

Issues Etc. | How Lutheranism is Unique (May 2016)

Speaking (Selected)

Michigan District – LCMS | All Pastors’ Conference Keynote Speaker (October 2019)

Texas District – LCMS | Circuit Visitors Conference (September 2019)

Ohio District – LCMS | Theological Convocation – Toledo (August 2019)

LCMS – National Youth Gathering | Breakout Speaker (July 2019)

Lutheran Prayer Breakfast – St. Louis, MO | Future of Lutheran Theology (October 2017)

South Dakota District – LCMS | Being Lutheran Today (August 2017)

Michigan District – LCMS | Re-Engaging Our Community (May 2017)

Wyoming District – LCMS | Evangelism Convocation – Why Are You Lutheran? (January 2017)

LCMS – National Youth Gathering | Faith & Science: Moving Beyond Debates / Going Green: Brief Trend or Biblical Truth? (July 2016)

Calvin College | Rhetorical & Theological Analysis of Evangelical Statement on Animals (September 2015)

Concordia Seminary | Theological Symposium – Luther’s Rhetoric of Location (September 2014)

University of Louisville – PhD in Humanities | Re: Conference – Early Christian Church Visual Rhetoric (March 2012)

Westminster College – Salt Lake City, UT | Generative Anthropology Summer Conference – Generative Scapegoat Mechanism (June 2010)

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference | Generative Scapegoat Mechanism (April 2010)

Video Studies

FaithCourses – Clearly Christian | Concordia Publishing House (April 2019)

The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod | Contributor to the “Every One His Witness” evangelism module on Scientism (2018)

FaithCourses – Authentic Christianity | Concordia Publishing House (2017)

FaithCourses – Being Lutheran | Concordia Publishing House (2016)