Speaking

National & International

“Conducting Research in the 21st Century: How Life Scientists Conceptualize, Operationalize, and Value Interdisciplinary Research” (with Alex Gardner, Chelsea Noble, Marilyn Amey, and Patricia Farrell-Cole). Annual Meeting of the Association of Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS). Detroit, MI, to be presented October 2018.

“Thinking Walks: Framing Research through an Interdisciplinary Marriage” (with Hannah Espinoza). Annual Meeting of the Association of Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS). Detroit, MI, to be presented  October 2018.

“’But Jesus Doesn’t See Color!’: Untangling the Rhetoric of Race in Evangelical Theological Institutions.” Religion & Rhetoric in the 21st Century Conference. Knoxville, TN, to be presented October 2018.

“Critical Reflection and Imaginative Engagement: Towards an Integrated Theory of Transformative Learning” (with John Dirkx and Steven Schlegel). Annual Meeting of the Adult Education  Research Conference (AERC). University of British Columbia, Canada, to be presented June 2018.

“Engaging the Shadow: The Meaning of Emotion-laden Experiences in Self-Understanding and Self-formation in HRD and Work-related Learning” (with John Dirkx and Steven Schlegel). Annual Meeting of the Academy for Human Resource Development AHRD). Richmond, VA, February,  2018.

“Toward Labor Justice: Understanding Emotional Labor among Community College Faculty” (with Leslie D. Gonzales and Stephanie Aguilar-Smith). Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Houston, TX, November, 2017.

“Toward the Many-Colored Kingdom: Race and the Doctoral Experience in Evangelical Seminaries.”  Annual Meeting of the Society for Professors in Christian Education (SPCE). Dallas, TX, October, 2017.

“A Critical Invitation: Embodying Hospitality in Teaching and Learning” (with Hannah Espinoza). Annual Meeting of the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE). Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 2017.

“From Cognition to the Imaginal:  Fostering Self-Understanding from and through Emotions in Adult Learning” (with John Dirkx). Annual Meeting of the Adult Education Research Conference (AERC). University of Oklahoma, Norman, June 2017.

“‘It Crushed Me’: Race, Power, and Privilege in the Undergraduate Classroom” (with Stephanie Aguilar-Smith, Annabelle Estera, and Kayon Hall). Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the International    Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI). Urbana-Champaign, IL, May 2017.

“Re-seeing Workplace Emotions: An Imaginative Approach to Research and Practice in Human Resource Development (HRD)” (with John Dirkx). Annual Meeting of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). San Antonio, TX, March 2017.

“Romancing the Shadow: A Mythopoetic Approach to Understanding and Working with Emotion-laden Experiences and Images” (with John Dirkx). Annual Meeting of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). San Antonio, TX, March 2017.

“When Darwin Comes to Youth Group: Faith, Science, and Missional Youth Ministry.” Annual Meeting of  the Association for Youth Ministry Educators (AYME). Orlando, FL, October 2016.

“‘You Welcomed Me’”: Toward a Pedagogy of Hospitality in Theological Higher Education.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Professors in Christian Education (SPCE). Orlando, FL, October 2016.

“Hospitality as a Paradigm for Ecclesial Ministry with Children.” Fifth Meeting of the Society for Children’s Spirituality: Christian Perspectives (SCS). Lipscomb University, Nashville, June 2016.

“Emerging Adult Engagement in Religious Communities: Practices That Work” (with J. Matt Mitchell and Elizabeth Bjorling Poest). Annual Meeting of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators (AYME). Washington, D.C., October 2014.

“Emerging Adult Engagement in Religious Communities: Practices That Work” (with J. Matt Mitchell and Elizabeth Bjorling Poest). Annual Meeting of the Society of Professors in Christian Education (SPCE). Washington, D.C., October 2014.

“’Let Them Come, Forbid Them Not’: Exploring Child-Conscious Preaching.” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Homiletics Society (EHS). Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, October 2014.

“Digital Pedagogy, Christian Practices, and Transforming Online Learning.” Annual Meeting of the Society of Professors in Christian Education (SPCE). Chicago, Illinois, October 2013.

“Catechesis as the Overarching Process for Developmental Theory, Part II: Exploring Mystagogy” (with Beverly Johnson-Miller). Annual Meeting of the Society of Professors in Christian Education (SPCE). October 2013, Chicago, IL.

“Catechesis as the Overarching Process for Developmental Theory” (with Beverly Johnson-Miller). Annual Meeting of the North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE). Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, October 2012.

“Bushnell, Westerhoff, and Nurturing Children’s Faith in the 21st Century.” Fourth Triennial Children’s Spirituality Conference. Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois, June 12, 2012.

Regional

“‘Til the Colors Bleed as One’: Developing the Theology & Ministry of Racial Conciliation.” Annual Meeting of the Midwest Region of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be presented March 2018.

“Prophets at the Margins / Profetas En Los Márgenes: The Growth of Latino Protestantism and the Re-  shaping of Evangelical Theology.” Annual Meeting of the Midwest Region of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be presented March 2018.

“Educated. . . For What? Socialization and the Telos of Theological Education.” Annual Meeting of the  Midwest Region of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). Wheaton College, Illinois, March   2017.

“Hospitality as a Paradigm for Theological Education.” Annual Meeting of the Midwest Region of the  Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Michigan, March   2016.

“Sexual Holiness as Christian Practice: Ecclesial Witness in a Degrading Society.” Annual Meeting of the   Midwest Region of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, April 2015.

“Exploring the Use of Christian Practices in Theological Higher Education.” Midwest region of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, April 5, 2014

Institutional

“Back to Basics: Christian Education and Formation.” Invited lecture, Great Lakes Christian College, Lansing, MI, November 2017.

“Embodying the Digital Pedagogue: Faculty Development for Online Teaching” (with Makena R. Schultz). The MSU Teaching and Learning Conference. MSU, East Lansing, Michigan, May 2017.

“Finding the Golden Mean: Critical Realism as an Alternative Research Paradigm” (with Marc Hunsaker and Lance Wheatley). HALE Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC). Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, February 2017.

“Feeling about Thinking: Conceptualizing the Role of Emotions in Transformative Learning.” HALE    Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC). Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, February 2017.

Selected Church, School, and Ministry Talks

“Developing the Pastor Theologian: Ecclesial Challenges and Opportunities.” Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT), St. Peter Fellowship Symposium. Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, Illinois, August 2017.

“To Be and To Belong: ‘Adulting’ after High School.” Commencement Address, 2016 Graduating Class, Bowling Green Christian Academy (BGCA), Bowling Green, OH, May 2016.

“Faith, Science, and Going to Church: Pastoral Ministry with Congregants in STEM Fields.” Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT), St. Peter Fellowship Symposium. Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, Illinois, August 2015.

“Too Many Churches…So Little Time! (Ephesians 4).” Murray Christian Fellowship, Murray, KY, April      2013.

“Choosing a Seminary: Some Tips for Anxious Undergraduates.” Cedarville University, September 2012.

“A Church for Which Paul Would Be Thankful (Philippians 1).” Hardwicks Creek United Methodist Church, Clay City, KY, December 2011.

“The Incorruptible Body: Made Possible by Christmas.” Sanctuary Bellbrook, Rochester, MI, Dec. 2010.

“A Loving and Just God? (Micah 6).” First Baptist Church of Rochester, MI, July 2010.