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Work experience

Aug 2009Present

University Co-Chaplain and Director of the Lantz Center for Christian Vocation and Formation

  • Direct the spiritual formation and youth ministry training programs including promotion of the program to on and off campus constituencies and oversee the curriculum. Increased enrollment by > 200% in the first two years.
  • With the University Co-Chaplain, lead and administer campus ministry programming, including pastoral oversight of a multi-lateral approach which includes the efforts of 20 independent ministries and partnerships and supervision of nine student Chapel Stewards.
  • Utilized budget surplus to lead a chapel technology upgrade which enabled the integrity of the chapel's liturgical design.
Jan 2009May 2009

Adjunct Instructor- Religious Studies

Oakland City University

Courses taught:

CM 301 - Evangelism and Church Growth

CE 400 - Family Ministry

Sep 2007Jan 2009

Research Assistant

Stead Center for Ethics and Values

General research tasks including gathering materials, reading and indexing publication manuscripts, and logistics related to theological conferences

Jun 2007Jun 2008

Director of Worship and Youth Ministries

Community United Methodist Church
  • Recruited a team of 20 volunteers and led contemporary worship in multiple weekend services 
  • Led youth ministry services for a church-based program and an outreach program based in the public school (Release Time); doubling attendance in one year 
  • Supervised the work of part-time ministry associates (Associate Youth Director and Associate Worship Director); trained Associate Youth Director as my replacement
  • Transformed leadership of “Worship Design Committee” to include vision casting for large outreach ministries: provided Christmas gifts for four under-privileged families, repaired over 30 automobiles in free car care clinic, and raised money to build two wells in Sub-Saharan Africa
Jul 2006Jun 2007

Assistant Pastor

Bethany-Calvary United Methodist Church
  • Pioneered a contemporary service that included a revived form of Methodist liturgy and radically contemporary music
  • Preached biblically on a weekly basis.
  • Provided pastoral leadership and care for the contemporary service; expanded ministry to the entire church during a six-week interim without a Senior Pastor
  • Provided leadership for youth and children's programming
20032005

Young Adults Minister (Intern)

Faith Christian Centre

Church member for eight years, serving as a staff intern for the last two years

  • Served in nearly every aspect of church ministry as a church member including: adult Sunday School teacher, children and youth Sunday School teacher, Jr. High ministry intern, youth group leadership team, College and Career leadership team, and Young Adults Director/Staff Intern for the last two years.
  • Worship leader (2-4 times weekly, six years experience), teacher/preacher (weekly for over two years), and sound technician (six years experience).
  • Started Young Adults ministry with six people. Developed leadership team and led that ministry to about 25 people which included many first-time faith commitments and water baptisms.

Education

2005

B.A.

Summa Cum Laude (GPA 3.92)

Alpha Chi academic honor society

Interest

Academic Presentations

Recovering Orthodoxy: The Rise of the Evangelical Left in Christological Terms.  Paper presented at American Academy of Religion Midwest Regional meeting, River Forest, IL, April 4, 2008.

Treading Thin Ice: The Evangelical Left's Search for Ethics in Light of the Social Gospel Heritage.  Paper presented at American Academy of Religion Midwest Regional meeting, River Forest, IL, April 4, 2008.

Real Presence? The

Assemblies of God at “Play” with Sacramentality.  Paper presented at American

Academy of Religion Midwest Regional meeting, Chicago, IL, April 4,2009.

Beauty and the Being of God: Aesthetics and Apologetic Method.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, Deerfield, IL, April 18, 2009.

A Taste for Truth: The Evangelical Theologian, Theological Prolegomena, and the Role of Aesthetics. Paper presented at Garrett-ETS Student Theological Conference, April 24, 2009.

Spirit Baptism and the Ordo Diaconia: An Ecumenical Apologia for the Pentecostal Doctrine of 'Subsequence.' Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, March 4-6, 2010.

The Possibilities of Measurable Spiritual and Vocational Formation Assessment: Enabling Individual Growth and Institutional Transparency. Paper presented at the inaugural conference of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, March 10-12, 2011.

Publications

“Performative Metanarrative and Postmodern Apologetics: A Case Study with St. Augustine.” M.T.S. thesis, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2007.

Jeremiah Gibbs and Jason Byassee.  “Explain Yourself: Making Belief Intelligible.” Christian Century, September 23, 2008.

Review article, Keith Warrington, Pentecostal Theology: A Theology of Encounter (Continuum 2008), PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society of Pentecostal Studies 31.2 (2009), 296-7.

"Preserving Integrity: Lessons 

on Interfaith Prayer from the University." Liturgy 26.3 (2011), 34-41.

"Medicine is a Good Thing: Assemblies of God Doctrine as Support and Limit of Medicine." In Proceedings of the Inauguaral Faith and Science Conference, Springfield, 2011, ed. Michael Tenneson. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 2012.

“Azusa Street Revival,"

"Baptism in the Holy Spirit in Pentecostalism,”

“David K. Bernard,”

“T.D. Jakes,”and

“Pentecostal Assemblies of the World,” in Baker Dictionary of Cults and World Religions.  Baker Academic, (forthcoming 2012).

Summary

Interested in opportunities that will serve the church by providing consulting and training to local churches or denominations in areas related to my expertise: especially spiritual formation, youth ministry, theology and apologetics, and ministry to and with young adults and college students.

Certifications

Ordained Minister (Indiana District Council of the Assemblies of God)