Prior to my joining the Central community in early 2016 I taught biblical surveys, Christian theology, and history of Christianity courses adjunctively in a number of community college, university, and seminary settings. I have degrees from William Jewell College (AB), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Baylor University (PhD) and have served in pastoral ministry in churches in Missouri, Kansas, and Texas. I’ve found it deeply meaningful to journey with students at the beginning of their seminary experience through the ever-evolving story of Christianity. In the courses I teach I encourage students to wrestle with how these people of faith in a variety of contexts understood God, themselves, the church, and the world around them in ways that can inform us as we seek to be followers of the Way of Jesus today. Since 2000 I have worked as a Chaplain & Bereavement Coordinator in a variety of healthcare settings, mostly in hospice, offering spiritual care and grief support to patients, loved ones, and coworkers.