Part of the Elmore Five—alongside Amie, Camden, Kate, and Jackson.
In August 2016, our family moved from Richmond, Virginia, where we had lived for 8 years, to Charlottesville, Virginia, where we are now charmingly stuck between that prestigious university founded by Jefferson and those iconic mountains shaded blue.
For 15+ years, my primary vocation involved Christian ministry and pastoral work among university students and young adults. The social and organizational contexts were as diverse as the particular geographies—a mega-church in Salem, Oregon; a university church in Clemson, South Carolina; and a campus ministry at Virginia Commonwealth University, a global-village microcosm in Richmond featuring 32,000 students representing over 100 nationalities.
Since 2015, I’ve been progressing toward the finish line of a doctorate in Christian-Muslim relations—a religious and global-affairs interest of mine. Since 2012, I've worked in a part-time capacity with a faith-based nonprofit called Peace Catalyst International, which is focused on dialogue, friendship, and partnership endeavors among Muslims.
I’ve also been journeying through a middle-of-life career shift, in the meantime taking various jobs out of necessity: landscaping; tending bar; guest services at a hotel. Currently, I work as the Produce & Cheese Manager at Market Street Market in downtown Charlottesville.
I am hopeful of finding a new and satisfying vocational path—perhaps in a university environment, with a nonprofit organization, or as part of a media company where I might draw on my communications background and published writing experience.
Overall, I sense my leadership and organizational competencies have developed most in the following areas: cultural intelligence and intercultural relations (including a developed aptitude for navigating cultural differences and social barriers); administration (including personnel and resource management); creative programming (including design, promotion and implementation capacities); volunteer supervision; partnership relations across faith-based or non-faith-based sectors.
B.A. Broadcasting Communications, Cedarville University (1990)
M. Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1999)
D. Min., Global Christianity & Development, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (December 2017!)
The working title for my D. Min. Thesis-Project is the following:
Peace Catalyst International: A Strategic Example in Remaking the Narrative between Evangelicals and Muslims through Creative Peacemaking and Christian-Muslim Partnership for the Common Good
International / Cross-Cultural.
- Philippines (1991 & 1992)
- Ukraine (1995)
- Mexico (2006)
- Uganda and Kenya (2007)
- South Africa (2010)
- Oman (2012)
- Thailand (2014)
- Single-origin coffee from East Africa or Central America.
- Most any film by Wes Anderson or the Coen Brothers.
- Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. Portlandia. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Breaking Bad.
- Flannery O'Connor. Salman Rushdie. Viet Thanh Nguyen. Haruki Murakami.
- Most varieties of American folk music—with a special nod to Bob Dylan, Beck, and M. Ward.
- The absolute pleasure of attending a baseball game, anywhere.
- Arsenal FC.
Credits from the last 10+ years include: The South Carolina Review, Christianity Today, Off the Page, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Style Weekly, and The Daily Progress (Charlottesville).
I've also had two academic book reviews published by Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology.
Below are a selection of stories, articles, and essays generally representative of my writing.
Inter-religious & Intercultural
Through Windows and Around Tables [Christians fighting with Muslims]
The Daughter of Muhammad [American Muslims and immigration]
That Thing She's Wearing [bikinis and little black dresses]
Rushdie, Trump, and the Box-Seats of Democracy [where liberty and humanity intersect]
The Stroller: A 9/11 Remembrance [beauty and the bleak]
Faith & Culture
Backstage Jesus [school holiday concerts and the Culture Wars]
The Redemption of Guilt [three films that take guilt into their own bloody hands]
Tough Like a Man [American football and the virtues of manhood]
Revelry & Liturgy [the religious rites of college football in Clemson, South Carolina]
Humor & Light
Improving Guest Performance through Hidden Chemicals
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