I am currently a PhD Candidate in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University (MSU). I am also pursuing a certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS) from MSU. In addition to my studies, I work for the MSU honors college in the areas of assessment, student success, and retention.

I currently serve as the senior associate editor of the Journal of Youth MinistryIn addition to this role, I serve on the board of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators, on the editorial board of D6: Family Ministry Journal, and as an area book review editor for Christian Education Journal. I am also privileged to be a fellow with the Center for Pastor Theologians and the Hispanic Theological Initiative.

While my current research revolves around higher, adult, and lifelong education, my overarching academic and pastoral commitment is to theological education. I’m passionate about helping theological institutions train men and women to serve as pastors, teachers, counselors, and leaders in a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse, postmodern world. Out of this commitment, my research explores several aspects of practical theology: Christian education and formation, youth ministry education, leadership, racial conciliation and social justice in evangelicalism, and cultural engagement. I have also written extensively in the areas of children’s ministry, spiritual formation, catechesis, history, and the work of the pastor theologian.

An ordained minister of the gospel, I served as Pastor of Covenant Church, a vibrant missional congregation in Bowling Green, Ohio. Prior to working in ministry, I served as a National Recruiter at Asbury Theological Seminary in addition to working in institutional research and advancement for the seminary. These positions (among others) have helped me gain experience in leading teams, casting vision, navigating organizational change and growth, managing budgets, strategic planning, and public speaking.

I currently serve as an editorial consultant on a number of forthcoming encyclopedia projects. I am the executive editor of Story, Formation, and Culture: From Theory to Practice in Ministry with Children (Pickwick, 2018), and am currently seeking submissions for a new volume, Theology and the Star Wars Universe with Rowman & Littlefield.

Education

PhD, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) (ABD, graduation 2020)
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
MA, Christian Education, May 2012.
Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.
BA, Biblical & Theological Studies, 2009.
Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio.

Professional and Honorary Affiliations

Association of Youth Ministry Educators (AYME)
Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI)
La Comunidad of Hispanic Scholars of Religion
Religious Education Association (REA)
Society of Professors in Christian Education (SPCE)
Center for Pastor Theologians (Invited 2015, St. Peter Fellowship)
International Theological Honor Society of Theta Phi (Inducted 2012)