I grew up in South Carolina, a lifelong Christian in the United Methodist tradition. After 5 years of banking, I followed the call to ordained ministry. I spent three fantastic years at The Divinity School at Duke University. Upon graduating in 2004, my wife, April, and I came to Lancashire, England, to spend a year in circuit ministry in the British Methodist Church. One year turned to two, and now we are still here. I serve as a presbyter (minister) for two churches in the Blackburn Circuit: Mellor, and Wilpshire Methodist Churches. Both are in the beautiful Ribble Valley, on the outskirts of the cathedral town of Blackburn.
I am a husband to a beautiful woman, April, and a father to two great children, Savannah and Caedmon. Both our children were born in Blackburn and are growing up to be much more British than they are American. At the present, we have no plans to return to the United States. In August 2010 we will move to the Southeast District to be part of the Medway Circuit. A friend has already asked me if I will need to change my blog name!
I love to read biblical studies, theology, and church history. My favourite authors are N.T. Wright, Richard Hays, and Lesslie Newbiggin, among others that I am starting to read. Thanks to my church history prof (Warren Smith) I have a fascination with the early church fathers, St. Gregory of Nazianzus being one I would like to learn more about.
My other interests include Alabama football and Duke basketball (I have not learned to like cricket and soccer) and love to read historical fiction. If you read the blog you will likely pick up on my love of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, as I can lapse into speaking in Hogwarts metaphors!