I am a Christian systematic theologian. Since 2011, I have been professor of theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where I teach Masters students training to engage in various forms of ministry and Doctor of Ministry students furthering their education. On a daily basis, I am amazed and humbled by their passion to serve God and the world.
From 2001 to 2011, I taught in the Religious Studies Department at Yale University. My students included undergraduates from many religious backgrounds as well as students with no religious affiliation. Classroom discussions always involved learning from, with, and alongside one another. I also taught doctoral students and held a secondary appointment at Yale Divinity School.
A proud West Virginia native, I went to Guilford College in North Carolina for my bachelor's degree. My subsequent degrees (M.Div., M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D.) were earned at Yale Divinity School and Yale University. In 2014, I was ordained as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
One of the blessings of being part of a tradition that spans 2,000 years is that contemporary Christians do not have to rely on the best we can think up on any given Sunday. We have a rich repository of wisdom to turn to as we navigate current issues. We have historical guideposts, as well as multiple examples of theological routes that went badly astray and caused great harm. The discipline of systematic theology helps locate resources, cautionary tales, and inspiration for living faithfully today. It is also vital in creating spaces for people with quite different understandings of the world and of the holy to engage in conversations that are marked by respect, curiosity, and delight in learning.