Special areas of interest: Christ and culture, science and religion, practical theology, and sports
I grew up in Wyoming and Montana where I developed a deeply rooted love for the outdoors as well as a passion for sports. My family was an athletic family—both parents were teachers and coaches. I played college football and started my professional career as a teacher and coach.
In college I began what is for me the most important relationship in life—a relationship with Jesus Christ.
As much as I enjoyed teaching and coaching after graduating from college, nothing brought me more joy and satisfaction than coming alongside of students and helping them to begin or to take their next step toward a relationship with God. I especially enjoy helping students experience authentic Christian community, where it feels safe to talk about fears, failures, areas of personal struggle, intellectual doubts about faith, etc.
I came to Boston for graduate school (Master’s degree in Science and Religion and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology). I designed and helped teach an award-winning course in Science and Religion and enjoy working at the intersection of these two fields.
One of the most rewarding experiences in my life has been co-founding the Mamelodi Initiative—an organization focused on improving the lives of residents in a township in South Africa. The academic tutoring and the spiritual mentorship that this initiative provides children in a community ravaged by the HIV/AIDS pandemic has changed the trajectory of hundreds of children’s lives, not to mention my life and the lives of every Harvard student and faculty who have come with us.
I work closely with my wife, Tammy, who is also a Harvard Chaplain. We have four grown children: Chelsea, Zach, Nate, and Soren.