I'm a 20-something who wants to follow Jesus, help others find him and his Church, and make a positive difference in the world.
Born and raised in the Eugene-Springfield area in Oregon, I first learned about the Bible and encountered Jesus in various Protestant congregations growing up. Through further study of the Scriptures, Church history, theology, and philosophy, I was convinced that the Catholic Church is the Church that Christ founded and the only church with the fullness of truth and means of grace, and thus the Church I had to enter to be a faithful follower of Christ. The spring of my senior year at Wheaton College my wife and I both joined the Church. (Read more of my story here.)
In addition to a heart for evangelism and ecumenism, we passionately believe and try to live out Catholic social teaching in its fullness, including an openness to life in marriage ("Why We're Contraception-Free"), the protection of life from conception to natural death, the centrality of marriage and family, care for the poor, defense of worker's rights, and respect for creation.
I live in South St Paul, MN with my wife and children.
Ph.D. in Theology, with a concentration in moral theology, Catholic University of America (admitted, will begin fall 2014)
M.A. in Theology with a concentration in systematic and dogmatic theology, St Paul Seminary School of Divinity, St Paul, MN (expected completion 2014)
B.A. in Philosophy, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL (2010)
Aleteia | Asst. Editor, Community Manager for English Edition | October 2012 to June 2014
First launched in the Fall of 2011, Aleteia is a project of the Foundation for Evangelization through Media led by Jesús Colina, the founder and former director of news agency Zenit. Aleteia now seeks to be "the the world from a Catholic perspective" and is published in six languages.
Golden Shovel Agency | Freelance copywriter | December 2012 to December 2013
I composed Facebook posts, Tweets, blog posts, and press releases for their clients.
For Dr. Christopher Thompson I did research and clerical work for the school of divinity. For Dr. Christian Washburn I did editing work for a book.
St Francis Xavier Parish (Buffalo, MN) | Director of Family Faith Formation | September 2010 to September 2012
At various points I managed the parish's K-10 faith formation program (+500 students), 1st Sacraments and Confirmation preparation, the high school youth group, adult faith formation offerings (including developing and teaching original courses), and summer vacation bible school (+120 children).
As research assistant for Dr. Jay Wood, I did research for one book and edited another. As his teaching assistant, I taught classes in his absence, tutored students, and graded homework and tests. As teaching assistant for Dr. Bob O'Connor, I graded homework and tests.
Wheaton College Advancement Department | Phonathon Supervisor, Team Captain, Caller | January 2007 to May 2010
I started as a Caller for Wheaton College's 'Phonathon' (in which students call alumni annually to raise money), was promoted in a few months to Team Captain, and finally to Supervisor, a position I held for two years until I graduated
- Google Drive/Documents, Gmail, Google Apps for Business
- Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, Outlook, Skydrive, and Microsoft Office Web Apps
- Adobe Photoshop
- WordPress (website development)
- Familiarity with Windows, OS X (Macs), iOS (iPhones/iPads), Android, Chrome OS
- Facebook (personal and Pages)
- Google+ (personal, Pages, and Hangouts On Air)
- Koine Greek (basic)
- Classical Latin (basic)
- Spanish (basic)