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.
Ph.D. in Theology, with a concentration in moral theology, Catholic University of America (expected completion 2019)
M.A. in Theology with a concentration in systematic and dogmatic theology, St Paul Seminary School of Divinity, St Paul, MN (expected completion 2015)
B.A. in Philosophy, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL (2010)
ChurchPOP | Founder & Editor | August 2014 to present
ChurchPOP is a site for shareable Christian fun, humor, and inspiration.
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 seeks to be "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