Having been a Christian since 1997 and earning a Master of Divinity, MA in Biblical Exegesis, and a PhD in Theological Studies, I have a strong background in and ongoing passion for all things theological. The “On Faith” section of this site, as well as my ongoing research in theological areas such as Christian Thought, Structural Evil, Ecclessiology, and the integration of social science in biblical studies.
My interest in leadership began after the completion of my PhD in 2012 when I was promoted to Vice President and Dean of Moody Distance Learning. It was a challenging post to take on and I quickly realized that I needed stronger skills and new frameworks to do the job well. Since that time, I’ve had the opportunity to develop as a leader by completing a year of executive coaching and by walking together with my wife as she took on bigger and bigger roles as a hospital pharmacy administrator on the system level.
I’ve also learned a great deal about how organizations function through my work as a consultant in online programming and enrollment management. It is not uncommon for consulting engagements to involve conversations about how best to implement change or to persevere through a tough institutional season. Being able to see a number of different organizations and how they function impacted the way I thought about leadership and organizational life.
Over the years, I have also been blessed to rub shoulders with women and men who challenged me and pushed me to be better. Many of them were also gracious enough to let me lead them. Most of the insights I offer on this site and in my blog arose from conversations with those who were close to me. Thanks to all who have taken the time to nudge me (if not shove me!) in the right direction.