I’m a Christian saved by God’s grace, nourished by his sacraments, and formed as a disciple within the life of his Church. I am blessed to serve as associate rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio, while also serving as affiliate professor of church history at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and adjunct professor of history at Wright State University in Dayton. While busy, there is a lot of cross-fertilization! In a single weekday I work with undergrads, seminarians, teenagers and their parents, people about to give birth and on their death bed, folks at points of transition and change.
In addition to degrees from UNC Chapel Hill and Nashotah House, I hold the Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. In 2013 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society .
In 2010 I was joined in marriage to Dr. Denise Kettering-Lane, whom I met while we were both grad students at Iowa. Denise serves as associate professor at Bethany Theological Seminary in Indiana. We have two kids, Daniel and Elizabeth, who bring joy and delight.
St. George’s is a transitional-sized church in a suburban setting and, as the associate rector, I oversee our family ministries. I enjoy seeing folks who are overwhelmed with the stress of contemporary, middle-class American life taking time to seriously grow as disciples of Christ. Prior to taking my call at St. George’s, I was priest-in-charge of a rural church, St. Mary’s in Franklin, Louisiana, for just over three years.
I have held grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church for research in both the US and the UK. In addition to articles and book reviews in a variety of journals, my first book, The Laudians and the Elizabethan Church (Pickering and Chatto, 2013) explores the way people in the 17th century told the story of the Reformation which in turn tells us much about how they conceived their own loyalty and conformity to the Church of England.
I am under contract with Fortress Press for my next book, Spirituality & Reform: Christianity c1000-c1800. This book will introduce a wide readership to the dynamic relationship between religious change and Christian prayer and practice from the high middle ages through the Enlightenment, tracing the contributions of monks and mendicants, reformers and pietists. It will appear in late 2017.