Ph.D., Religion, Baylor University – Waco TX (Anticipated May 2017)
- History of Christianity with a focus on American Religion
- Minor Concentrations: Contemporary Theology, American History
M.A., Theological Studies, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary – Austin, TX (2010)
- Thesis: “Loyal Radicals: The Intersection of Mainline Churches and Emerging Christianity”
M.A., Missions & Intercultural Studies, Wheaton Graduate School – Wheaton, IL (2001)
- Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language
B.A. Philosophy; B.A., Christian Ed. & Ministry, Wheaton College – Wheaton, IL (2000)
Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Faith: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Emerging Church Movement. Edited by Michael Clawson & April Stace. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, forthcoming-2016.
“Misión Integral and Progressive Evangelicalism: The Latin American Influence on the North American Emerging Church.” Religions 3, no. 3 (August, 2012).
“The Civil Rights Legacy and the New Monastics: Shifting Identities among American Evangelicals in the Post-Civil Rights Era.” Journal of Religion, Identity, & Politics (August, 2012).
“House Churches. Modern American Christianity.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, 30 vols. (Boston: De Gruyter, 2013).
“Churches of God, General Conferences.” Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
“International Churches of Christ (Boston Movement).” Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
“Missional Church Movement.” Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
“Neo-Reformed Movement.” Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
“Progressive Christianity.” Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
“Nomads & Nones: What the Church Can Learn from the ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’.” Education Beyond the Walls Seminar at Austin Seminary. Austin, TX – February 11, 2015.
“Sixty Years of Religious Decline? An Interdisciplinary Conversation.” American Historical Association/American Society of Church History Annual Meeting. New York, NY – January 5, 2015.
“A New Evangelicalism?: The Politics of Christianity Today, 1989-2012.” Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, Irving, TX – March 8, 2014.
“Cussing Pastors and Postmodern Heretics: Southern Baptist Responses to Emerging Christianity.” National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion Annual Conference, Waco, TX – May 21, 2013.
“Mavericks & Virgins: Religious Pluralism in San Antonio, 1821-1860.” Southwest Commission on Religious Studies. Irving, TX – March 9, 2013.
“What is Emerging?: Toward a Useful Taxonomy of the Emerging Church Movement.” Central Texas Colloquium on Religion. Austin, TX – February 23, 2013.
“Hippies of the Religious Right and Postmodern Prophets: The Impact of the Jesus People Movement on Emerging Christianity.” Southwest/Texas Popular Cultural Association/American Culture Association Conference. Albuquerque, NM – February 15, 2013.
“Misión Integral and Prophetic Evangelicalism: The Latin American Influence on Progressive Evangelicals in the United States.” Southwest Commission on Religious Studies. Irving, TX – March 11, 2012.
“Young, Restless, and Fundamentalist: Neo-Fundamentalism among American Evangelicals.” American Historical Association/American Society of Church History Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL – January 8, 2012.
“Leveller Piety: Spiritual Practices and Democratic Movements in the English Civil War.” Sixteenth Century Society Conference. Fort Worth, TX – October 28, 2011.
“New Monasticism and the Uses of Francis.” Texas Medieval Association Conference. Waco, TX – September 29, 2011.
“Atheists as Outsiders: America’s Most Despised Religious Minority.” Central Texas Colloquium on Religion. Austin, TX – February 19, 2011.
Adjunct Faculty, Seminary of the Southwest, Austin TX. Fall 2016, M1310: Introduction to Missiology. Fall 2013, H1320: Formative Traditions in American Christianity.
Adjunct Faculty, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin TX. Spring 2015 and Spring 2014, CM 230: Theology and Practice of Mission and Evangelism.
Teaching Fellow, Baylor University, Waco TX. Spring 2015, REL 1350: The Christian Heritage. Fall 2014, REL 1310: The Christian Scriptures.
Guest Lecturer, Baylor University, Waco, TX
- REL 1350 – Christian Heritage, “Putting the Fun in Fundamentalism” (April 27, 2011).
- REL 1350 – Christian Heritage, “Holiness, Pentecostal, and Charismatic Movements” (Nov. 15, 2013).
- REL 1350 – Christian Heritage, “20th Century Theologies,” (Nov. 25, 2013).
- REL 3330 – Intro to Church History, “Neo-Monasticism” (Sept. 30, 2011).
- REL 3330 – Intro to Church History, “Fundamentalism” (Nov. 22, 2010; April 18, 2011).
Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant, Baylor University, Dept. of Religion, Waco TX.
- Dr. Bill Pitts, 2012-Present. BIC 1324: World Cultures; REL 1350: Christian Heritage; REL 5334: English Reformation; REL 5334 Puritanism; REL 5336: American Christianity
- Dr. Rosalie Beck, 2010-2012. REL 1350: Christian Heritage; REL 3330: Intro to Christian History; REL 3338: Women in Christian History; REL 4340: Christian Missions
Founder & Coordinator, Austin Theology Pub, 2014-Present
Board of Advisors, TransFORM Network, 2014 – Present.
Emergent Cohorts National Coordinator, Emergent Village, 2006 – Present.
Emergent Cohort Leader, Emergent Village, 2003-2008, Chicago IL.
Founding Mission Partner, New Life for Haiti, Plainfield, IL, 2006-Present.
Founding Pastor, Via Christus Community Church, Yorkville, IL, 2005-2008.
Youth Pastor, Evangel Baptist Church, Wheaton, IL, 2002 – 2005. Volunteer Youth Leader from 1997-2002.
Missions Youth Leader, Royal Servants International, Europe, Summer 1998.
Camp Ministries Year-Round Staff, Center Lake Bible Camp, Tustin, MI, 1990-1996.
Honors & Awards
- Michael K. Schoenecke Award for American Culture – Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association (2012)
- Theta Alpha Kappa – National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology (2012)
- Graduate Fellowship – Baylor University, Department of Religion, 2010-2015.
- Hendrick-Smith Award for Evangelism & Missions – Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (2010)
- James G. Jameson Essay Award, 1st Place, for “Reconciling Free Will & God’s Sovereignty” – Wheaton College (1997)
- President’s Award – Wheaton College (1996)