I'm a 20-something who wants to follow Jesus, help others find him and 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 read mostly non-ficton, but lately I've been trying to read more fiction. Books I've read recently that have influenced me include The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society by Brad Gregory, Aborting America by Bernard Nathanson, and Beyond Capitalism & Socialism: A New Statement of an Old Ideal ed. by Tobias J. Lanz. I did musical theater in middle school and high school and still enjoy playing the piano and singing. I've spent a total of about a month outside of the US, spread out between India, France, and Mexico. I proposed to my wife at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. I loved the TV show LOST. My favorite movies include Contact, Signs, and pretty much anything by Christopher Nolan.
I live in South St Paul, MN with my lovely wife Krista and two cute kids, Elijah and Adelaide.
M.A. in Theology with a concentration in systematic and dogmatic theology, St Paul Seminary School of Divinity, St Paul, MN (expected graduation Spring 2014)
B.A. in Philosophy, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL (2010)
Aleteia.org | Asst. Editor, Community Manager for English Edition | October 2012 to present
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. Originally conceived as a question and answer site about the Catholic faith, Aleteia now seeks to be "the news of the world from a Catholic perspective", and is published in six languages. I'm in charge of titling and posting all content on the English edition of the site and manage the English edition's social media. I have also written articles, conducted Google Hangout interviews, and live-blogged events surrounding the 2013 March for Life in Washington DC.
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)