How do you serve at St. Aidan’s?
I serve as a deacon, assisting the priest in the liturgy and serving the congregation throughout the week. I’m part of the preaching team and teach adult discipleship classes, such as the Core Catechism Class.
My wife Stacey and I live in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City just steps from McLain’s Bakery and the Bier Station. We have two young children, Elijah and Evangeline, who are the joy of our lives and our natural alarm clocks in the morning.
Where are you from?
Stacey and I grew up in Columbia, Missouri, where our parents still reside, but we did not meet until she moved away to Kansas City. It took us three states (North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia) and three moves across the country before we lived in Missouri together. It has been a small tale of “there and back again”.
School or work experience?
I received my BA in History at the University of Missouri – Columbia and my Master’s in Divinity at Redeemer Seminary (now Reformed Theological Seminary) in Dallas, Texas. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America and writing a dissertation on biblical exegesis, liturgy, and the renewal of poetic experience in the thought of Louis Bouyer.
Before coming to St. Aidan’s, I served as a pastoral minister for adult discipleship, college students, and young adults in two different churches: Christian Fellowship Church in Columbia, MO and Christ Church Plano in Plano, TX. In between I spent a year in Wilmington, NC as an Americorp VISTA assisting an organization called Communities in Schools serve high school students at risk of dropping out.
Fun, hobbies, interests?
I love books: fiction and nonfiction, theology and philosophy, the classics and the Inklings mythopoetics. In another life I loved to play sports, now I enjoy watching them. A cup of coffee in the morning, a neighborhood walk with the family, an afternoon at the park with the kids, a glass of wine or cold beer on the porch, dinner and late night conversation with friends, this is a good day.