School of Religion & Philosophy
B.A. in Religion from Kentucky Mountain Bible College
M.Div., Wesley Biblical Seminary
Pursuing Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Manchester
Mission & Passion
To the core of my being, I am a teacher. My ministry is to care about other persons enough to share with them the truth that can transform their lives. Sharing the truth takes various forms in my life: witnessing to a non-Christian; instructing students in class; preaching to a congregation; or simply listening to and praying with a hurting soul one-on-one or in a discipleship group. I want to model and pass on a faith that unites sound reasons for belief with heartfelt, practical godliness. Only such an integrated, holistic faith can avoid the twin dangers of both an idolatrous, “ivory tower” intellectualism and an unthinking pragmatism or emotionalism that falls prey to every cultural and religious fad.
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” (1 Peter 3:15-16 NIV)
“The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.” – Francis Schaeffer
- Literature of the Old Testament
- Philosophy of Christian Thought
- Acts of the Apostles
- Hebrews/General Epistles
Publications, Presentations, & Distinctives
Jan 2011 Presented my paper, “Sinless Son in Sinful Flesh: Vicarious Total Depravity in T. F. Torrance’s Christology” at Nazarene Theological Seminary’s Ph.D. Student Forum.
Oct 2010 Presented my paper, “On Falling Forward: The World, the Flesh, and the Spirit in Colin Gunton’s Christology” at the Wesleyan-Free Methodist Graduate Students’ Theological Seminar in Indianapolis, Indiana.
June 2010 Presented my paper, “Heresy Amid the Heather: The 19th-century Kirk Debates Christ’s Human Nature” at the Third Annual Manchester Wesley Centre Postgraduate Colloquium in Wesley Studies and Theology, Nazarene Theological College, UK.
Mar 2010 Presented a revised version of my paper, “Fallen Hero? Barth, Torrance, and Us on Christ’s Win Over Sin in the Flesh” at a faculty forum at Kentucky Mountain Bible College.
Jan 2010 Presented my paper “Never Falling, Ever Fallen: The Flesh of God in the Dogma of Barth,” Nazarene Theological Seminary Ph.D. Student Forum.
Mar 2009 Presented my paper, “Fallen Hero? Barth, Torrance, and Us on Christ’s Win Over Sin in the Flesh” at the annual Wesleyan Theological Society meeting in Anderson, Indiana.
Sep 2008 nKurEdge e-newsletter published my article, “Speaking of the Trinity: Metaphors for the Mystery.”
Nov 2007 Performance by choir and orchestra at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, of the cantata “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,” a collaborative effort between myself and Dr. John Finney of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Finney wrote and arranged the music, while I wrote the narration and lyrics. The cantata was published in December 2007 by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
May 2006 Interviewed by a local newspaper reporter about the biblical and historical claims made by The Da Vinci Code. Excerpts published in “Local religious leaders answer questions of ‘The Da Vinci Code’” by Jared McNeill in the May 19, 2006 edition of The Oskaloosa Herald.
Aug 2005 Interviewed by a local newspaper reporter about the intelligent design debate. Excerpts published in “Theory causing quite a stir” by Jared McNeill in the August 26, 2005 edition of The Oskaloosa Herald.
Feb 2005 Presented my paper “Speaking of the Trinity: Metaphors for the Mystery” at a Vennard College faculty dialogue.
Aug 2004 Self-published Wesley’s Explanatory Notes upon Romans in Contemporary English for use in my Romans course.
June 2004 Asbury Theological Seminary’s AsburyOnline electronically reprinted my article “Forgiveness: A Cross Examination.”
Mar/Apr 2004 Light & Life magazine published my article “Forgiveness: A Cross Examination.”
Oct 2003 Presented my paper “The Secret of History: Divine Election and Textbook Selection” at a panel on “The Historian as Guardian of Orthodoxy” for the Conference on Faith and History.
1995 Received the Editor’s Choice Award (awarded to the top 3% of entries) for poem published in Best Poems of 1995 by the National Library of Poetry.
Nov 1994 Poem “Sometimes I Get Too Busy” published in Straight magazine.
Summer 1994 Received the Editor’s Choice Award (awarded to the top 3% of entries) for poem “At the Crossroads” published in Dance on the Horizon by the National Library of Poetry. Poem was reprinted in the June 22, 1994 edition of The Evart Review (of Evart, Michigan).
2010 Teacher of the Year, Wesley College
2009 HEADWAE Outstanding Faculty Honoree
Member, Wesleyan Theological Society
Ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church