Riverside, California, United States
I'm a hard-headed and tender-hearted urban missiologist trying to follow the way of Jesus in a "post-everything" urban world. Since 2009, I've served in a dual role as pastor of Madison Street Church, a Brethren-in-Christ congregation in Riverside, California and as president of viaShalom, a small, not-for-profit missional resource agency that currently operates three ministries:
commonGood, a local, asset-based community development effort
Ten Thousand Villages Riverside, a social purpose, fair trade enterprise.
Urban Expression North America, a consultancy specializing in creating and sustaining urban incarnational experiments, and affilated with similiar ministries across Europe, including the UK.
I'm also serving in the wider church and local community in several volunteer and advisory roles. I earned my B.A. from Tabor College ('81) and my M.Div. from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary ('86). I have also earned the MBA degree (church management, '95) from the Graduate Theological Foundation, and I have a Post-graduate Diploma in Applied Theology from Spurgeon's College in London ('07).
I married my best friend Debbie, way back in 1981. We have two very grown up children who also married their best friends. We've got one grandson, and twin grandchildren on the way! And our church mascot/beagle-terrier puppy, Madison, lives with us and constantly digs up our backyard.
(background photo by Dark Sevier, licensed under Creative Content)