I am a pastor, chaplain, and educator. There are a few other labels I carry. I’m an agitator in most of these lovely roles. Born and raised on Chicago’s south side, the city is the original context out of which all my musings come.

For work, I am a chaplain and clinical pastoral educator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Before (and sometimes, while) at the hospital, I wrote Sunday School curriculum for Urban Ministries and served in two churches, one a black mega-church on the south side, the other a multi-ethnic church on the northwest side: Sweet Holy Spirit and New Community Covenant. I’ve led retreats through the Evangelical Covenant Church around ways to pray, the spiritual disciplines, and listening as an inevitable skill in spiritual friendship. I’ve taught as adjunct faculty at North Park Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

I studied at the University of Illinois (BS in psychology), Wheaton College (MA in theology), and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (MDiv). I completed my CPE units at Urban CPE Consortium and NMH. These days I’m in a doctoral course of study in pastoral theology, personality, and culture at GETS.

Thank you for visiting my site. While I’m writing on this site now and my earlier posts are integrated, I also have blogs archived about writing, faith, and relationships here and fatherhood here. To contact me, email