I was born and raised near Cincinnati, Ohio. The Lord drew me to himself at the age of 11. After that I immediately desired/began to serve in ministry and have sought as many opportunities as I can to do so ever since. After high school I spent 2 years at Bluffton University studying piano before transferring to Liberty University in Virginia, where I completed a B.M. in 2005. While at Liberty I met my wife, whom I married after graduation. For the past 4 years I have been studying at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where I graduated with an M.Div. in May of 2009. During this time I have also served as Associate Pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church. In the Fall of 2009 I began a Ph.D. in Old Testament at Southern Seminary under the supervision of Dr. Duane Garrett. In March of 2010 my wife and I welcomed two children into our lives.
I enjoy a wide array of activities, like spending time with Jenn and my kids (Isaiah and Eliana), playing the piano, watching movies, reading literature, hiking, playing sports, going to Reds games, listening to good music, and going to the zoo to visit my friends.
This blog is intended to be a place where I might dialogue with others on topics related to Old Testament studies. My fear is that during doctoral work I will become, temperamentally, a loner; isolated and without interaction. Socially, I am a mixed bag – a bit extrovert, a bit introvert. But in the field of academics I tend to be reclusive. Therefore, if you ever read this page or this blog, I ask you to speak up! Let me know what you think. Feel free to criticize and deconstruct. I can handle it! I just ask that you do it with love.