After serving as a music teacher at a Title I school, an independent musician, a stay-at-home dad, and a church musician, my spouse Stacey and I moved from Atlanta to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2009. My passion for justice & equity coupled with my love of grass-roots community organizing led me to invest deeply in our community and complete my Master’s Degree (M.Div.) from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO in 2013.
After completing my graduate studies, I was ordained as a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Serving as a pastor and mission developer (church planter), I spent the past several years developing and launching open and affirming communities of faith in the form of house churches – working in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley to plant progressive, justice oriented communities of faith where all are welcome. At present, I am pleased to serve as the Director for Annual Giving & Stewardship at The Institute for Shipboard Education | Semester at Sea – raising funds for scholarships to empower students to broaden their horizons as they experience and learn from the rich diversity of the wider world. I have spent over a decade working in community organizing, public speaking, writing, advocacy, and volunteering within our community. I also serve on the Larimer County Interagency Oversight Group (LCIOG) board, and serve as a Precinct Committee Person (PCP) for the Larimer County Democrats. I have also organized an annual fundraiser for childhood hunger (Hops for Hunger), volunteered in our public schools, established close and working relationships with area businesses and nonprofits, and worked to advance LGBTQQIA rights within the church.