I grew up the youngest of three children in Columbia, SC, where my mother still lives. Mom and Dad raised us in the church, and modeled for us a quiet, yet committed Christian faith. Dad was a neurosurgeon, so I learned from an early age that faith and science were not opposed to one another, but rather went hand in glove.
In high school, my faith was significantly shaped by Young Life, involvement in our church youth group, and participation in Salkehatchie Summer Service (a summer mission program run by the United Methodist Conference of South Carolina). It was through summer missions that I eventually discerned God’s call for me to pursue vocational ministry. While swinging a hammer on a blazing hot rooftop in Beaufort, SC, I learned that God has a curious economy: when we serve others in the name of Jesus Christ, the spiritual blessings return to us a hundredfold. Mission involvement continues to be a deep interest of mine.
In college, I began to explore ways of expressing faith through the arts. I was involved in the theater department at Wake Forest University, and worked with Professor James Dodding to produce a campus-wide Easter Passion play. My next project led me to independently produce and direct an adaptation of the Screwtape Letters. After graduation, I then produced and performed in The Witnesses, a one man show based on the religious poetry of Clive Sansom. More recently, I’ve continued to seek to honor Jesus Christ through the arts, now through writing. In 2012, I released my first novel, Prophet of the Sun, a spiritual action adventure that some Amazon reviewers have compared to National Treasure and The DaVinci Code (though it bears noting, that in my book, the Christians are the good guys). Then in 2014, I released my second book: Geneva Two: A Parable of Christian Community and Calling.
Following college, I spent 4 years as a technical trainer and writer, first with Electronic Publishing International Corporation, and then with Wachovia Bank. Then, after sensing God’s call to ministry, we were led to Orlando, FL, where I studied at Reformed Theological Seminary.
Following seminary, God led us to Cincinnati, OH where I served as Pastor of historic Covenant-First Presbyterian church for 19 years. We came to Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian in January 2021.
My wife, Tammy, is the head swim coach at Walnut Hills High school, and has also coached for the Blue Ash Dolphins YMCA team. Our older daughter, Sarah Grace, is a student at the Ohio State University while our younger daughter, Annalise, is at Walnut Hills High School. Our family enjoys books, good food, the arts, live music, and quality time together.