I was born in Wisconsin. As the son of an Assemblies of God pastor, I was tied into active Church life from a young age. (I like to think that my Pentecostal upbringing adds a complementary charismatic flavor to my Anglican identity.) After helping plant an Assemblies church in my mid-20s with my wife and some friends in Minneapolis, I was confirmed into the Episcopal Church. I had become disillusioned with the Pentecostal and Evangelical churches of my youth and found myself drawn to the Episcopal Church because of the liturgy, but also because so many of my favorite authors were from the Anglican tradition, C.S. Lewis, N.T. Wright, and Rowan Williams among them. I jumped in with both feet and have since studied widely in the Anglican tradition and consider the history of Anglican theology to be an abiding interest for me. A friend and I are currently blogging through books I and V of Hooker’s Laws at Reading Richard Hooker.
I recently completed a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, double majoring in Classical Greek and Latin. My academic interests tend to hover around patristics and historical theology, especially their hermeneutics of Scripture and their political theology; though I also have interests in modern theology, especially in Anglo-Catholic thought, the relationship between Anglicanism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and in authors like Stanley Hauerwas, Rowan Williams, Graham Ward, Ephraim Radner, and Sergeii Bulgakov, to name a few.
Perhaps more important to me, though, is to connect the academic and the concrete practices of the Church. To that end I am currently an aspirant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota. I also support groups like The Ekklesia Project (see “Why Do We Build the Wall?”), which is busy in ecumenical efforts to sustain practices to form the Church in holiness. This is why, I suppose, the catholicity of the Church and efforts toward real visible unity are of such importance to me.
I also blog, however infrequently, at Theophiliacs and have even been known to attempt to write poetry on occasion.