I grew up both as a military brat and a pastor’s kid, meaning one thing above all else: we moved. A lot. By the time I graduated high school, I’d lived in Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, two towns in Germany, South Carolina, Georgia (again), and Kansas. I moved back to Georgia for college (UGA) and seminary (Candler School of Theology at Emory). During holidays, I would visit my family in South Korea, Germany, and Texas. After finishing my MDiv, I then moved back to South Carolina for more seminary (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary) before moving to Minnesota for a few years and settling down back in Georgia.
Growing up as a chaplain’s kid also meant I was exposed to a broadly ecumenical approach to the Church. On a typical Sunday, my family would worship along Protestants of all backgrounds and share the same building with the Roman Catholic community. In seminary, I made the jump from the United Methodist Church to the Lutheran tradition while studying with classmates and professors from an equally broad background. This diverse upbringing has instilled in my a lifelong appreciation for Christian unity amid our diversity.
My passions include liturgy, homiletics, faith formation, and the intersection of theology and culture.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking and trail running, movies and television, cooking, and travelling.