I'm a husband, dad, and a long-time student of the personal journey of faith in the United States. I work to glean helpful information to bring you new ways to move forward spiritually.
Sometimes it’s such a struggle. Maybe you feel “in-between” things, and maybe you’ve lost your faith as you knew it. Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with you, and you can find an authentic way forward. There's so much to discover, and I hope you'll find some of it here.
I myself have spent most of my life in this same struggle. To make sense of it, I put my own religious upbringing under the scrutiny of psychological, sociological, and historical study (PhD, Drew University). This journey has led me to so much rich information, ideas that go beyond the usual theological debates.
And I can’t believe how helpful it’s been. Who we are is so incredibly conditioned by so many factors of which we too easily remain unaware. The language of our faith is extraordinarily embedded in a place and time, and staying true to the deepest teachings our tradition is hard.
Learning about the factors that shape us helps you understand that it’s not just you who struggles. We’re all in this together, and it’s completely possible to learn and grow. It’s possible to know more about how we can slowly move forward to find meaning and value in ways that are honest, responsible, and welcoming.
I hope you’ll join me as I continue to put language to this way of looking at things. Please subscribe to enjoy my postings and check back for more content as time goes on.
More on me:
I’m a preacher’s kid with a PhD in religious studies who unexpectedly wound up in book publishing. My identity as a scholar is connected to psychology and religion, but is also influenced by sociology of religion, and the history of religion in the US.
I’ve worked in publishing for more than 25 years, and I've always worked with a lens that helps me see how our religion causes us to be healthy humans, and sometimes not. A faith that draws us together in love has always been the mission behind my everyday publishing work, including long-term vision casting, content development, responding to cultural and marketplace needs, and bringing positive change. That's why I value clear communication, strong team culture, empowering others, humility, integrity, and transparency.
Most recently, I was VP and Publisher for Zondervan Books, part of HarperCollins Publishing, and before that I worked for the book division of Guideposts magazine. I've worked on numerous national bestsellers and books that drive conversations and help people grow.
I enjoy helping organizations further their mission, and working with authors who are on the leading edge of a movement that points us toward hope, insight, and a deepened awareness of ourselves and the world around us.
I've had the chance to live in Indiana, Southern California, Virginia, New Jersey, and now in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I'm a husband to an amazing wife, and a father to two incredibly adult daughters. I also sometimes bike, volunteer, and play a little guitar.