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Aug 2009Present

Masters of Divinity

Wake Forest University School of Divinity

Broad in its scope, the degree program encourages students to utilize the diverse academic resources of the University through interdisciplinary learning. Furthermore, I am enrolled in the Medieval Studies Certificate which prepares students for further studies (PhD) in Medieval Studies.

Aug 2005May 2008

Bachelor of Arts

Georgetown College

The Philosophy Department’s curriculum emphasized the history of philosophy as well as recent philosophical work concerning religion, science, business activity, and environmental protection. My main focus was in the areas of hermeneutics, the philosophy of C.S. Peirce, and phenomenology.


Main focus is on increasing skills in research and teaching. I have made continuous contributions in these areas by conducting research, publishing articles, interviewing practitioners and professors, and local congregations. The need for churches to meet the needs of immediate members requires isolating governmental issues, congregational issues, and unspoken community issues. My current focus is on the issue of Racism and the Institution. Editorials have appeared in fora such as the, Progressive Christian Alliance, and maintains a blog, "Those Crazy Liberals...and Conservatives". Also an accomplished homiletic Zachary has spoken in over 25 states, and published sermons. He maintains a podcast which interviews faith leaders and theologians country-wide.

Areas of Competence

Social/Political Philosophy, Existentialism, American Philosophy, Biblical Studies, Philosophical Theology

Areas of Specialization

Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, Medieval Philosophy, 20th Century Systematic Theology

Publications, Presentations, and Media


"Weak Work" in Best Modern Voices, Volume 1: A Poetry Anthology, (Bloomington, IN: Wordclay Publishers, 2008).


"Jesus, Heidegger, and a Tiny Word" presented at the Annual Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers Conference, October 2008, Ouachita Baptist University.

"Religious Pluralism & Egyptian Revolution" at Beth David Synagogue, February 2011. 

"Using Social Media to Create Community" at the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, July 2011. 


"Unwelcome Guest" for Center for Urban Ministry, Inc.


Two-Part Panel Discussion, "State of Racism" on NPR Affiliate, 90.5 WSNC, Winston-Salem, NC.


"Every Witness Needs a Gospel" in A Beautiful Thing ed. Lee Huckleberry(Atlanta, GA: Chalice Press, 2010).

Forthcoming Publications

Article "Interpretation and Postscript: A Review Essay of Aaron Hebbard"

Article "Pentecost as Pedagogical Tool in Hermeneutics: A (re)Imagining of Acts 2:1-13"

Article "Eco as a Textbook in Medieval Apocalypticism"

Work experience

Minister to Community

Central Baptist Church

As Minister to Community I created education programs for children and adults, helped the Church understand its identity within the community, opened the Church to the community, assisted with Youth on an as needed basis.

May 2008Aug 2010

Operations Manager

Georgetown College Summer Programs and Camps

Provided logistical support for nearly 9000 campers per summer; organized food, bed, and presentation needs; secured and maintained off-season client relations; organized and managed each registration cycle.

Aug 2008May 2009

Customer Service Representative

Whitaker Bank

Provided support for customers, opened new accounts, and 'floated' to a different branch everyday.


Table Talk - President

Wake Forest University School of Divinity (August 2009-Present)

Academic Affairs Committee - Chairperson

Wake Forest University School of Divinity (January 2010-Present)

Institute for Dismantling Racism

Intern/Community Organizer (August 2008-Present)


Roger Ward

Dr. Ward provided the impetus to study American Philosophy and guided research on my senior work, "Philosophy as Violence: A Case Study on William James and Edmund Husserl". He remains a mentor and conversation partner concerning endeavors both theological and philosophical.

Neal Walls

Dr. Walls has provided guidance on two recent projects. One was a book review essay entitled, "Interpreation and Postscript" and a project using Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose as a pedagogical tool for Medieval Apocalypticism.

Norman Wirzba

Dr. Norman Wirzba was my advisor and mentor during my time at Georgetown College. During my degree I enjoyed 21 hours of study under his leadership studying such topics as: Phenomenology, Ancient Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy, and Philosophy and Literature.